Women of Zimbabwe Arise leaders, Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu refused bail


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Women of Zimbabwe Arise leaders, Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu refused bail

Magistrate Charity Maphosa of ‘Bulawayo Court’ Monday denied bail to two detained leaders of a leading Zimbabwean pressure group, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, the group disclosed in a statement. According to the magistrate, “it will not be in the best interests of justice” to release the two embattled WOZA leaders on bail as “there were pending cases against them”. Magistrate Maphosa also maintained that the political climate in Zimbabwe was such that ‘people are easily excitable’ and could be moved to violence in the name of demonstration. WOZA, on the other hand, continues to condemn the detention of its leaders, insisting that the two had the right to be granted bail. The group has maintained that – “justice delayed is justice denied.” The WOZA leaders were arrested, detained and later charged with “disturbing the peace, security/order of the public,” by the Zimbabwean Police.

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