Zimbabwe Journalists Case Takes New Twist

In December, the state indicated that it wanted to drop criminal defamation charges against editor of the privately owned The Standard newspaper Nevhanji Madanhire and reporter Nqaba Matshazi.

Their appearance in court was expected to be a formality.

This was after a theft charge against the two was dropped.

Madanhire and Matshazi are accused of criminally defaming Green Card Medical Aid Society founder and an adviser to the RBZ, Munyaradzi Kereke in an article published by The Standard that the company was facing viability problems.

For the state, Tapiwa Kasema indicated that they wanted to proceed with the charge following correspondence between Kereke and Alpha Media Holdings, the publishers of The Standard.

Linda Cook, representing the journalists, told the court that Kereke was using the prosecution as his personal lawyers by constantly flip flopping on the charges.

She said what made matters worse was that Kereke did not even bother showing up in court.

The case was remanded to next Tuesday, where Cook is expected to make her submissions to have the case referred to the Supreme Court.

Magistrate Sandra Mupindu heard the case.