Youth activist acquitted

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Platform for Youth Development Trust director Claris Madhuku, charged with contravening section 21 of the Public Order and Security Act (Posa), was finally acquitted by a Chipinge Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Madhuku, arrested in April last year while facilitating a meeting at Rimbi Growth Point in Chipinge, had appeared in court 13 times before his acquittal.

Chipinge magistrate Vusumuzo Gapara dismissed the case, saying the State had failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt that Madhuku was responsible for organising the meeting.

Finally justice has prevailed over evil, it was a very big inconvenience having to travel to court every month, and in some cases twice.

As a matter of fact, I have always been optimistic and never allowed the case to ever dominate my life, Madhuku said.

The majority of the police force does not understand the meaning of Posa, they contradicted each other on the details leading to my arrest.

Last month, Madhuku was incarcerated for three days in Gwanda and acquitted without trial over similar charges of contravening Posa.

Langton Mhungu, a lawyer representing Madhuku, said he felt relieved by his clients acquittal.