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Women of Zimbabwe Arise leaders still in jail


Summary of story from, October 2, 2011

Two leaders from the organisation, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), are spending their tenth day in Mlondolozi Prison near Bulawayo after being arrested on September 21 on charges of kidnapping and theft.

Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu are awaiting a bail hearing after a court remanded them in custody until October 6.

The state opposes bail on the grounds that Williams and Mahlangu have been hiding from the police and they have pending charges for unlawful demonstrations, blocking the pavement and failing to inform the regulating authority.

The women are accused of holding a woman hostage for six hours and stealing a torch, charges which they deny.

They argue that the woman willingly accompanied them to help in retrieving property stolen from WOZA and gave them the torch voluntarily.

Williams and Mahlangu also contend that a prison sentence is too harsh a penalty for the crime for which they have been arrested.

WVoN comment: WOZA has come in for a lot of stick from Mugabe’s regime (see WVoN coverage) – this incident is just the latest in a long line of harassment.

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