This blog has reported on the brave actions of WOZA on multiple occasions (here, here, here and here). In fact it was the attempted sit-in by WOZA activists on September 11th that kicked off an extraordinary period of civil society activism that continues to today.
WOZA has just released the following statement informing us that 4 of their members will be in court tomorrow facing charges stemming from a peaceful protest they conducted in October to protest forced evictions:
"The four WOZA members arrested on October 23rd and detained for 48 hours following a peaceful protest against housing eviction will appear at Western Commonage Magistrates Court for a remand hearing tomorrow, November 9th at 8 AM. The women were remanded on $500 bail each on October 25th. Charges against one, Maria Moyo, were dropped after officers from Law and Order failed to substantiate charges that she was part of the protest.
The women are being charged under Chapter 46 Section 2 (v) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act –“employing any means whatsoever which are likely materially to interfere with the ordinary comfort, convenience, peace or quiet of the public or any section of the public, or does any act which is likely to create a nuisance or obstruction.” If found guilty, the women could face a fine or imprisonment for a period of up to six months.
Simba Chivaura, a member of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, will defend the women
For more information please contact Jenni Williams on 263 91 300 456 or 263 91 898 110 or email email@example.com."