Friday, 29 July 2016

POSA CHARGES AGAINST PROTESTERS DISMISSED

Victoria Falls Magistrates Court has thrown out charges based on Public Order and Security Act against the 16 residents who took part in a demonstration that took place early this month in the resort town.

The residents will, however, proceed to trial on Monday on the charges of criminal nuisance.  The residents had been charged for contravening Section 25 of the Public Order and Security Act on the 7th of this month following their participation in a demonstration in the resort town.


Victoria Falls Magistrate Ms Lindiwe Maphosa ruled that the court cannot sit to investigate who the convener of the gathering was, saying it makes no sense that all the 16 accused can be conveners of one gathering.

According to the ruling, the issue of what traffic was blocked can be resolved at the trial with the state leading with evidence.

The demonstrators who had been charged for contravening Section 25 of the Public Order and Security Act and Section 46 of the Criminal Law and Codification Act had through their lawyers submitted an application seeking the court to drop the charges which they claimed did not warrant prosecution.

The accused had also faced an alternative charge of “public nuisance” which the defence also want dismissed for lack of merit.

The demonstrators are currently out on US$100 bail each.

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