Beitbridge border vandals denied bail
From MERCY MUJURU in Beitbridge, Zimbabwe
BEITBRIDGE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN courts have denied bail to 20 of the more than 70 people arrested for staging violent protests in the border with South Africa.
The suspects appeared before Beitbridge magistrate, Gloria Takundwa.
Reason Mutimba and Lord Mudau represented the culprits who were arrested for violent demonstrations against Zimbabwe’s moves to impose a ban on imports from neighbouring South Africa.
State prosecutor, Jabulani Mberesi, opposed bail insisting the suspects were a threat to public peace.
They allegedly stoned 35 vehicles and barricading the highway from Zimbabwe leading to South Africa.
Those denied bail comprise Nqobizitha Mazibeli (26), Hendrick Phiri (26), Addington Matiya (28), Lovemore Mbedzi (27), Njabulo Ndlovu (30), Thomas Mweya, Edzani Moyo (32), Tshiyoka Muleya (30), Justice Mangezi (32) and Miriam Phiri (24).
Others are William Rupiya (24), Farai Nyamhuka (23), Nigel Kaseke (29), Raodoff Hurudza (28), Knowledge Venegsayi (39), Nhlanhla Moyo (26), Delight Masuka (19) and Norest Hove.
The state is accusing the demonstrators of instigating violence, looting, vandalising and burning public infrastructure.
They allegedly defied Beitbridge police commanding officer, Chief Superintendent Patrick Majuta, to cease the protests.
The violence spread to other parts of the economically-troubled country, culminating in a so-called shutdown of the country on Wednesday.
– CAJ News
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