High Court judge to give judgment in transgender activist case

BULAWAYO High Court judge Justice Francis Bere is on Friday expected to hand down judgment in a case where transgender activist, Ricky Eugene Nathanson, is demanding $10,8 million compensation for unlawful arrest for entering a ladies’ toilet.

BY SILAS NKALA

Nathanson, who prefers to be referred to as a woman, has sued Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri, Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo and a Zanu PF activist, Farai Mteliso, following his arrest and detention for allegedly using a ladies’ toilet at a Bulawayo hotel in 2014.

Through his lawyer, Perpetua Dube, Nathanson claims the arrest was a breach of his rights and wants each of the respondents to pay $2,7 million as damages. Mteliso is the one who reported her to the police, leading to her arrest.

Last Wednesday, his witness, Philiph Francis Moses, a psychologist at the Counselling Services Unit in Harare, told the court that Nathanson was experiencing post-traumatic disorder following the incident.

On his arrest, Nathanson was charged, but was subsequently acquitted by Bulawayo magistrate, Abednico Ndebele, on charges of criminal nuisance after the court ruled that prosecutors had failed to prove their case.

Nathanson, who runs a modelling agency in the city, said, in her summons: “On January 16, 2014, I was publicly arrested by six police officers in riot gear and removed from the bar and taken to Bulawayo Central Police Station. The arrest was at the instigation of Mteliso, who acted without just, reasonable or probable cause, and maliciously.”

According to police papers, verification of her gender at the police station and at the two hospitals, proved that Nathanson is a male.

35 Comments

  1. Ricky must get paid her millions for the damages. Ricky is a transgender, meaning to say he was born male having female features and organs. Pple do not understand transgender and transsexual pple.
    Ricky was humiliated and the humiliation thru leaves an indelible mark.

  2. The humiliation she went thru leaves an indelible mark on her mind.

    1. Hasidic izozvo muno mu Zimbabwe. Transgender my foot. Go hang

    2. Who wants his wife or daughters sharing the same toilet with this guy. Please do not bring confusion to our society. We are not mad, so keep the madness in those western countries. Do not bring the idiosyncrasy to Africa

  3. futseķ zvehu gender hwako ndezvako pinda mutoilet yezvau nazvo kwete zvaunofunga kuti unazvo otherwise go to America wondodotera ikoko.

  4. Nathanson is a male.Fullstop.Damages for what? That’s confusion at the highest level….male who claims to be female.

  5. He should get a closest tree around and tie his neck on some branch slightly higher than his hieght and let systems go

  6. Shame on you ignorant pple who have posted these silly comments. Ricky was created like that and its not her fault. Whether you like it or not, she is gonna get her millions.

    1. Yes he was created as a male, so where are getting confused?

      1. He has got female organs.

    2. Lamont Andrews

      he is a homo period. it’s banned in this country

      1. If its banned, WHY the do we have LGBT/GAY offices in Zim? Those who are against Gays, are seen at night clubs looking for Gay bottoms and Versatiles for sex. During the day they pretend as if they hate Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgenders.

    3. Haawani kana Rand. For what? My bones would rise seaMbuya nehanda. Ajaira kudongorera vanhukadzi Voetsek!

  7. Lamont Andrews

    He needs to be in a mental institution. he is like the cow that says I won’t get mad cow desease because I’m a squirrel. he must be arrested

  8. Lamont Andrews

    Nacido are you a faggot? you probably need to follow him to a mental institution

    1. Its you who should go to a mental instution becoz you hate pple becoz of their sexual orientations. Ricky was born a Transgender and its not her wish to be like that, its nature.

  9. If its banned, WHY the do we have LGBT/GAY offices in Zim? Those who are against Gays, are seen at night clubs looking for Gay bottoms and Versatiles for sex. During the day they pretend as if they hate Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgenders.

  10. Its you who should go to a mental instution becoz you hate pple becoz of their sexual orientations. Ricky was born a Transgender and its not her wish to be like that, its nature.

  11. Saka motukanirana chii nhaimwi?
    Kusanyara kwenyu vanhu vakuru.
    Asi mashaya zvokutukanirana?
    Endai mundotsvaga mabasa mushande

    1. Tell them Mdara. They should look for jobs, God know where?

  12. Nacido ingochani iyo. Ngaauye kuno timuzvambatate.

  13. Kana uchizvambatata ngochani ko iwe unenge urichii? Kkkkkkkkkk LOL.

    1. udzai uyu anozviti nicido kuti panyo

  14. transgender demons need to be cast out in the name of the Lord Jesus. I feel pity for nacido and the filthy crew

    1. If you were born a transgender do you call it a demon?

      1. Iwe Nacido usatinyangadze. Zveungochani hazvinei naMwari. God created everything pure. Itira chingochani chako kure. Satani.

        1. Who are you to judge???

  15. Let us work with what this person’s birth certificate reads. Male or female?

  16. Ngito worse than pigs and dogs! Faggot. EMIGRATE!

  17. ukada kuita chigay nechi gender waka dhakwa, woda kudhotera cheropawadà wodàkubhadhagwa mari inotenga ndege mukudhskwa kwako vhiki yoga yoga inda unomwira ku engocheni

  18. Hello human beings. The current phobias you have cannot be blamed on you – the system was used by the colonialists to hate ourselves and the people we perceive as different from the common.

    The better you can do is to relax and breath in and breath out – only then can you avoid insults and use the brains to talk and discuss. If still not able to understand, take your time and feel free disengage.

    Our President Mugabe is human and he errs too when he wants to fight the west using using the povo’s weaknesses, thats his own strategy.

    Let not the people of Zimbabwe be made to hate and harm their family, friends and neighbours based on perceived or real sexual orientation and gender identity.

    Most of these negative and irresponsible responses do not even deserve a response because they are ill thought and will not help out anyone of sound mind.

    Thank you.

    1. NHAI MAX…U MEAN TO SAY THE SHONA CULTURE’S DESPISE OF NGOCHANI I WEAKNESS MANJE….kana iri weakness toida zvedu…..we hated ngochani varungu vasati vauya and will continue to HATE THEM

  19. What this guy needs is not compensation but hospitalization in a mental hospital…hatidi humbwa muno…

  20. Seen that you are all completely perfect humans, who have always been sure of who and what you are from birth, and have never had a doubt in your mind about how perfect you are and how you can judge because of your perfection….let me educate you.

    We are ALL made in the image of God, also those who are different than most of us. God made people of endless variety and he made us in HIS image and to his delight. When Jesus was on earth he walked with all kinds, including criminals, sex workers, abusers, whomever wanted to be with him.

    Ricky is a transgender woman, which is a reality. Google, read. Don’t be so ignorant that you live in Africa and not know that there are many like her in the world. These are individuals who need to be treated with dignity and respect, like ALL of us. Each human has the rights to be treated within their rights.

    What if you wre in her position and what if you have had to live with the discimination and the hurtful, hateful comments that have been strewn here. HOW would you feel?

    Walk a mile in any human’s shoes and endure their challenges. And then JUDGE them from a place of ignorance (just as you will be judged?).

    Don’t be foolish, be KIND!

  21. Jobert Ngwenya

    But medically he was proven to be male and so states his identity documents I guess. Using a female toilet was way off the hook, he just wanted to solicit attention and he got it.

    Now he want that attention again because his ill gotten money has run out again. We know these gay (not common with lesbians) always want to make some unnecessary noise to get attention.

    I dont have a problem with their orientation but they should do whatever their do out of our site. For us who are normal, we do not go around parading our sexual orientation but they are busy with that, all for the sake of get attention and attracting money from the West. #shame of them

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