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Pro-democracy Activist Mzaca Granted Bail

3 years agoWed, 22 Apr 2020 10:33:26 GMT
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Pro-democracy Activist Mzaca Granted Bail

Pro-democracy activist Josphat “Mzaca” Ngulube (33) who is serving seven years in jail for burning vehicles belonging to the ruling ZANU PF party has been granted $2 000 bail pending appeal.

Ngulube and three others, Fortune Masuku (30), Melusi Moyo (33) and Otilia Sibanda (35) were convicted for public violence and malicious damage to property by Bulawayo magistrate Tinashe Tashaya for allegedly burning three vehicles belonging to Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial women’s league chairperson, Eva Bitu during last year’s January fuel protests.

In his bail statement, Ngulube, through his lawyer Nqobani Sithole of Ncube and Attorneys, said his appeal challenging both conviction and sentence had prospects of success. He said:

The evidence on record clearly did not prove the State allegations against the applicant. In fact, as a result of the size of the crowd that went to Eva Bitu’s house, most State witnesses could not identify the perpetrators of the criminal offence.

Those that witnesses could identify were never brought to court with the applicant. Evidently, in the circumstances, the State did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Ngulube contested for Bulawayo South Constituency as an independent candidate and lost in the July 2018 harmonised elections.

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