Standard reporter Nqobani Ndlovu was on Friday thrown into Khami remand prison awaiting bail hearing today.
Ndlovu’s relatives, Alpha Media Holdings chief executive officer Raphael Khumalo and the company’s group human resources manager Loud Ramakgapola visited him to lend support.
Khumalo was upbeat that today’s ruling would be in Ndlovu’s favour.
“This has been a painful experience for all of us and Ndlovu is not supposed to be where he is,” he said.
“However, we hope that tomorrow (Monday) he will be granted bail and released as he does not deserve an extra second in prison. He has had enough.”
Ndlovu was arrested last week Thursday and held for two nights at Bulawayo Central Police Station, before Josphat Tshuma, the lawyer representing him, managed to get an order to force the police to take him to court.
During the hearing Tshuma applied for bail, but the state opposed the application arguing that the charges the journalist was facing were serious.
Initially, Ndlovu was being charged withcontravening Section 96 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act but another charge was added on the second day.
He is now also being charged with contravening Section 31 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
Ndlovu, who handed himself over to the police after word got out that they were looking for him, was arrested following the publication of a story headlined, “Police exams cancelled”.
The article that riled the police talks of retired police officers and war veterans being recalled to occupy vacant top posts in the force to direct operations during next year’s possible elections.