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Zinara case on today

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The case of human rights lawyer, Roselyn Hanzi, who is seeking an interdict against the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) and the police from arresting and ticketing motorists without new vehicle licences until June 30 will be heard before Justice Andrew Mutema today.

Hanzi made the application last Thursday at the Harare High Court two days after Zinara directed police to crackdown on unlicensed motor vehicles after the authority had scrapped a 30-day deadline extension it had granted motorists. Zinara, Commissioner General of Police, Augustine Chihuri, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Nicholas Goche and City of Harare are the respondents.

Hanzi argued that arresting motorists or ticketing them before June 30 was illegal in terms of the provisions of section 36 of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Act, which stipulated that a penalty can only be paid at the expiry of the previous licence.

If she succeeds, Zinara would have suffered a double blow after police last week refused to ticket motorists without new vehicle licences saying they did not take orders from the road authority.

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