South African Vendor Locked Up For Mugabe's Nude Pictures

This was after State prosecutors in Beitbridge about a fortnight ago vetoed a bail order, which had been granted to Benias Gwenhamo Madhakasi, arrested late last month and charged with insulting Mugabe for allegedly possessing the pictures.

Prosecutors charge that Madhakasi, who is self-employed as a hawker in South Africa, was found in possession of nude images of Mugabe and one of them had an inscription which reads; “Happy 87th birthday (Operation Matibiri) Robert Mugabe turning 87 years on 21 February 2011.”

The prosecutors said Madhakasi, who is represented by Lizwe Jamela of ZLHR, had no right to possess such “derogatory” pictures.

Madhakasi was detained in remand prison after prosecutors vetoed a bail order, which had been granted in his favour by Magistrate, Auxillary Chiumbura, in the sum of $200 pending the filing of an appeal by the State within seven days from last Monday.

High Court Judge Justice Lawrence Kamocha will on Friday hear an appeal filed by State prosecutor Angeline Munyeriwa challenging Madhakasi’s bail.

The State also charged Madhakasi with contravening Section 4 (5) (a) of the Protected Places/Areas for allegedly surveying or making sketches or taking photographs on protected premises. The vendor also faces an additional charge of contravening Section 36 of the Immigration Act for unlawful possession of or making use of a permit or travel document issued to another person.