Further information on UA: 288/11 Index: AFR 46/023/2011 Zimbabwe Date: 12 October 2011
WOZA LEADERS RELEASED
Two leaders of the Zimbabwean social justice movement Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) have
been released from prison, and are due to appear in court on 12 December. They had been
arrested in September, while attempting to join a peaceful march, and denied bail.
Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu were arrested with 10 other WOZA activists on 21 September after police
used excessive force to break up a peaceful march marking United Nations International Day of Peace. Ten of these
activists were released without charge after prosecutors refused to prosecute them, but Jenni Williams and
Magodonga Mahlangu were charged with “kidnapping and theft”, denied bail and remanded in custody at
Mlondolozi Prison, near Bulawayo. They were detained for 13 days without access to necessary medication, despite
the fact that both women were recovering from recent surgical operations.
On 4 October a Bulawayo High Court judge ordered that Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu be released from
custody and granted bail, after lawyers appealed against the decision to deny them bail. They are set to appear in
court on 12 December.
Many thanks to all who sent appeals on their behalf. No further action is requested from the UA
network. We will continue to monitor the case.
This is the second update of UA 288/11. Further information: http://amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR46/021/2011/en
Further information on UA: 288/11 Index: AFR 46/023/2011 Issue Date: 12 October2011