|Known for||Being A High Court Judge|
|Political party||Zimbabwe United for Democracy|
|Children||Takudzwa "TK" Paradza, Kuda and Fadzai|
Benjamin Paradza is a former Zimbabwean High Court judge currently living in exile. He was admitted to the bar in New Zealand in 2011. He is also a founding member of the political outfit Zimbabwe United for Democracy (Zunde).
In 2021, Paradza said he was an Uber driver in New Zealand and that he was pursuing a Masters degree.
Benjamin Paradza fled Zimbabwe in 2006 after he was arrested on charges of corruption and perverting the course of justice. Britain denied asylum to the former High Court judge, who found refuge in New Zealand. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) is believed to have facilitated Paradza's move to New Zealand from South Africa, where he had been hiding.
He has other children; Kuda, and Fadzai.
He completed a Bachelor of Law (BL Hon) and postgraduate Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Zimbabwe. He then went on to practice law for nearly 20 years, first as a prosecutor, and then in private practice.
He joined the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies in New Zealand as the inaugural Sigrid Rausing Visiting Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington for two years from June 2006 to June 2008. His fellowship ended in mid 2008 and he is now working as an employment law advocate. In New Zealand, Paradza had to study for a New Zealand law degree to be admitted to the bar.
Career in Zimbabwe
Career in New Zealand
Contribution To The Liberation Struggle
Paradza was arrested on charges of corruption and perverting the course of justice.
The charges against Paradza arose after he allegedly phoned a Bulawayo High Court judge asking him to release the passport of his friend and business partner, Russell Labuschagne. Labuschagne, who is serving a 15-year jail term for the murder of a fisherman in 2005, was being held in remand prison awaiting trial. The authorities had seized his passport and other documents so he could not abscond. Paradza was arrested in his chambers in 2003 and charged with attempting to defeat the course of justice.
He skipped the country hidden in a haulage truck in 2006 just before the delivery of his sentence. Paradza was eventually sentenced in absentia to three years in jail for corruption but one year was conditionally suspended. He had deposited $20 000 bail and surrendered his passport to the clerk of court in 2003.
Forming Political Party
- Former Zimbabwean Judge admitted to NZ Bar, Law Society, published: August 30, 2011, retrieved: September 7, 2016
- Zimbabwe: UK Denies Paradza Asylum , allafrica.com, published: May 17 2006, retrieved: September 7, 2016
- The Uber-Driving Former Judge – Happy To Be Free Of Fear, Law Fuel, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: June 1, 2021
- TK makes waves in New Zealand, Daily News, published: September 3, 2012, retrieved: September 7, 2016
- Benjamin Paradza, INSTITUTE FOR GOVERNANCE AND POLICY STUDIES, published: No Date Given, Retrieved: September 7, 2016
- Ben Paradza, Response to war veterans communiqué, The Zimbabwean, published: July 25, 2016, retrieved: September 7, 2016
- Mugabe erred in Paradza case says Sandura, Zimbabwe Independent, published: October 26, 2007, retrieved: September 7, 2016
- Suitable Kajau, ZUNDE Vice President Benjamin Paradza is a fugitive, Bulawayo24, published: May 28, 2015, retrieved: September 7, 2016
- Everson Mushava/Silence Charumbira, Exiled judge forms party, NewsDay, published: May 27, 2015, retrieved: September 7, 2016