Breaking : Concourt rules criminal defamation law void

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that criminal defamation was void at law, after journalists challenged the validity of Section 96 of the Criminal Codification and Reform Act.

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Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, together with a full bench of the Constitutional Court granted the application by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe), NewsDay deputy editor Nqaba Matshazi , freelance journalists Godwin Mangudya and Sydney Saize and Rodger Stringer.

The court said a 2015 judgment on criminal defamation in favour of former Standard editor Nevanji Madanhire and Matshazi, which was granted on terms of the old constitution was valid in terms of the new charter.

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6 Responses to Breaking : Concourt rules criminal defamation law void

  1. Sekuru February 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    Is it Void or Valid? Headline and body of article seem to be at variance or is it my understanding/missunderstanding of the English language?

    • ndizvo February 3, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

      its your misunderstanding of english

  2. thomas February 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

    let the papers write what we can all undrstand especially on jargon specific to proffessions.

  3. fury February 3, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    void mhani go to grade 0

  4. Justin February 3, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

    void = invalid not valid. Although both start with V.

    But in the last paragraph they used valid, being the old judgement is valid. ie the old void judgement is still valid.

    And I got a C in English…

  5. boutros February 4, 2016 at 2:03 am #

    The judgement that the court made on Nevanji Madanhire is valid under the new Constitution. That judgement outlawed criminal defamation. Therefore the English in the report is correct

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