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40 women activists arrested in Bulawayo

Loughty Dube

POLICE in Bulawayo have arrested 40 members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (Woza) for holding a meeting in the high-density suburb of Matshobane in the city.

dana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Woza spokesperson, Jenni Williams, confirmed the arrest of the 40 women but said they were arrested before the start of the meeting.

“The women were arrested on Wednesday while they were still preparing tea before the start of the meeting at Matshobane Community Hall in the western suburbs,” said Williams.

“They were bundled into several trucks before being taken to Western Commonage police station where they were detained.”

Some of the women were released later on Wednesday evening and ordered to report back to the police station yesterday while the rest were still detained at the time of going to press.

A police spokesperson confirmed the arrest of the 40 women and said they will be charged with contravening Section 24 of the Public Order and Security Act (Posa) that requires organisers of public gatherings to seek police clearance first.

“The women are being charged under Section 24 of Posa and are expected to appear in court as soon as all the paper work on their case has been done,” said the police spokesman.

This is not the first time that police have swooped on the militant women group. Last year police arrested and beat up several women who were congregated to celebrate International Women’s day on May 3.

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