Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Misheck Cheda yesterday ordered that criminal proceedings against two Women of Zimabwe Arise (Woza) leaders Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu be stayed pending the outcome of their review application against an earlier order by the lower courts.
Williams and Mahlangu are facing theft and kidnapping charges.
Last month, the pair, through Advocate Perpetua Dube, instructed by Kossam Ncube, approached the court seeking a stay of proceedings pending the outcome of the review after a Bulawayo magistrate ordered that they be put to their defence.
Justice Cheda granted the application pending the outcome of the review apllication filed under case HCR26/12.
The activists submitted that they should be discharged because the State’s case was riddled with inconsistencies and contradictions.
However, prosecutor Goodluck Katenaire opposed the application and said the State had managed to prove its case.
The order comes hard on the heels of another one made last week by Justice Cheda ordering magistrate Godwin Sengweni not to deal with the matter until the outcome of the stay of prosecution application.
This was after Sengweni had incarcerated Williams when she came to court ill.
The pair is being accused of kidnapping a woman in Bulawayo’s Njube suburb and stealing a torch at a house in Nketa in the city.