Woza pair still detained at Mlondolozi

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The State on Wednesday turned down a bail application by Women of Zimbabwe Arise (Woza) leaders Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu who have been detained in Mlondolozi Remand Prison since their arrest six days ago.

Attorney-General Johannes Tomana’s office served the opposing papers to the pair’s lawyers yesterday. Lizwe Jamela of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, who are representing the pair, confirmed the development on Wednesday.

“We are now working on the issue to make sure that we get a hearing date,” said Jamela. “We would have wanted the matter to be heard on Friday.”

Williams and Mahlangu filed their bail application last Friday arguing their continued incarceration compromised their health.

They are being charged with kidnapping an old woman in Njube suburb in July this year and stealing an electric torch at a house in Nketa.

They both denied the charge when they briefly appeared before magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa recently and were remanded in custody to October 6.