Controversial Magistrate Dies In Court

Magistrates Association of Zimbabwe Secretary-general Munamato Mutevedzi confirmed the death of Zuze and said the association will disclose more details in a statement to be issued on Thursday.

“I haven’t got much details but it appears he collapsed in court. The preliminary information I have is that he died while presiding over a case,” said Mutevedzi.

Magistrate Zuze was notorious for passing adverse judgments against human rights and political activists in Chipinge.

In 2009 he convicted and sentenced two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) legislators Mathias Mlambo and Meki Makuyana to serve prison terms after presiding over their trials.

Last year Zuze convicted four commercial farmers who were accused of declining to vacate their farms.

Recently Zuze sentenced a Chipinge man Gift Mafuka to serve one year in jail after convicting him for allegedly insulting or undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe. Zuze convicted Mafuka for contravening Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act after state prosecutors accused him of insulting Mugabe when he allegedly questioned two young boys for wearing campaign T-shirts with images of the former freedom fighter showing wrinkles on his face.

Mafuka was however released from jail on bail after the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights intervened in his case by applying for bail pending an appeal against both conviction and sentence.