Elton Makumbe (17) was dragged to Chiredzi court this week where he pleaded guilty as charged. He however, pleaded with the courts to be lenient with him since he was a new comer on social media networks. He also told the court that he was an orphan and also the bread winner in his family.
Appearing for the State Prosper Chipangura told the court that on February 2, 2012, Elton of 1817 Gudo Road shot a picture of his friend Sharon Mutsetse using his cell phone. He then uploaded the photo on his Face Book account before notifying the complainant.
After posting a comment on the photo, Elton phoned Sharon to alert her on his recent Facebook activity. Incensed by the comment, Sharon reported the case to the police leading to Elton’s arrest.
This is the first time for someone to be sentenced over a Face Book comment in Zimbabwe after publishing a statement which causes serious harm to someone’s reputation.