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.

Online Reporter


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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  1. 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?

  2. 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…

  3. 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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