Mini-skirt attack sparks demo

Human rights activists demonstrate at the Harare Magistrates Courts in Harare yesterday against touts who stripped a woman recently at the Fourth Street Bus Terminus. - (Picture by Innocent Makawa)

Human rights activists demonstrate at the Harare Magistrates Courts in Harare yesterday against touts who stripped a woman recently at the Fourth Street Bus Terminus. – (Picture by Innocent Makawa)

Court Reporter
THE Zanu-PF Harare provincial youth league and human rights activists yesterday staged a demonstration at the Harare Magistrates Courts against touts who allegedly stripped a woman at the Fourth Street commuter omnibus terminus recently.

Led by Zanu-PF Harare provincial youth league deputy secretary for information and publicity Cde Tendai Wenyika and MDC-T legislator Jessie Majome, the placard-waving demonstrators condemned touts for their unbecoming behaviour.

A suspect, Marvellous Kandemiri (32), is facing indecent assault charges.

He was denied bail and was remanded to January 12.

The prosecutor Miss Sharon Mashavira opposed bail saying granting the tout freedom would not send the right message to would-be offenders.

Kandemiri’s lawyer, Mr Nathaniel Chigoro unsuccessfully argued that his client was a suitable candidate for bail as he was innocent until proven guilty.

The magistrate Mr Milton Serima wondered if Kandemiri and his accomplices, who are still at large, were sober when they committed the offence.

“Given the circumstances, one wonders if these people were in sober senses, they appeared to be under the influence of something. They relegated the woman to a useless idol. Their behaviour leaves a lot to be desired,” he said.

“It appears evidence against him is quite overwhelming, thereby making the State’s case strong. In my view if granted bail, the accused is likely to abscond or team up with his alleged accomplices who are still at large. Therefore it would not be in the interest of justice to grant him bail.”

The State is alleging that Kandemiri committed the offence on December 12 at Fourth Street when he allegedly harassed the woman after she had refused to comply with his orders.

The woman was on her way from Kuwadzana to Ruwa and on reaching the Fourth Street commuter omnibus rank, Kandemiri summoned the woman but she refused.

He labelled her a prostitute and invited his friends.

The touts went on to strip the woman.

When a Good Samaritan tried to assist the woman, he was threatened by the touts.

The woman only managed to escape after paying a commuter omnibus crew $2.

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  • Dickens

    This act must be condemned. Women
    Should not be harassed for wearing clothes of their choice. However, the magistrate here seems to have convicted the accused before the trial has even started

    • tawanda

      Denying bail is not the same as conviction. The courts always have to look at each case to decide if the accused should get bail or not. However the trial should be done within a reasonably short time in case the accused is innocent. Nothing wrong denying him bail if the courts see it fit.

      • Dickens

        I’m not talking about denial of bail. That is perfectly normal. I’m referring to the comments made by the magistrate before the trial has begun or any evidence has been adduced. As you rightly say, it’s only a bail hearing

      • Dickens

        I’m not talking about denial of bail. That is perfectly normal. I’m referring to the comments made by the magistrate before the trial has begun or any evidence has been adduced. As you rightly say, it’s only a bail hearing

      • Dickens

        I’m not talking about denial of bail. That is perfectly normal. I’m referring to the comments made by the magistrate before the trial has begun or any evidence has been adduced. As you rightly say, it’s only a bail hearing

      • Dickens

        I’m not talking about denial of bail. That is perfectly normal. I’m referring to the comments made by the magistrate before the trial has begun or any evidence has been adduced. As you rightly say, it’s only a bail hearing

      • Dickens

        I’m not talking about denial of bail. That is perfectly normal. I’m referring to the comments made by the magistrate before the trial has begun or any evidence has been adduced. As you rightly say, it’s only a bail hearing

      • Dickens

        I’m not talking about denial of bail. That is perfectly normal. I’m referring to the comments made by the magistrate before the trial has begun or any evidence has been adduced. As you rightly say, it’s only a bail hearing

    • tawanda

      Denying bail is not the same as conviction. The courts always have to look at each case to decide if the accused should get bail or not. However the trial should be done within a reasonably short time in case the accused is innocent. Nothing wrong denying him bail if the courts see it fit.

  • Dickens

    This act must be condemned. Women
    Should not be harassed for wearing clothes of their choice. However, the magistrate here seems to have convicted the accused before the trial has even started

  • Dickens

    This act must be condemned. Women
    Should not be harassed for wearing clothes of their choice. However, the magistrate here seems to have convicted the accused before the trial has even started

  • thomas

    Madzimai chipfekai heyu zvamunoda. Angola risk, kujere.

  • thomas

    Madzimai chipfekai heyu zvamunoda. Angola risk, kujere.

  • thomas

    Madzimai chipfekai heyu zvamunoda. Angola risk, kujere.

  • Prevention-Cure

    Women are God given and divinely appointed gifts to men. Women should wear modestly and not seduce MEN on the streets. That’s respect. A woman who cares and has 100% human rights cover, covers herself for the sake of the opposite sex. RESPECT of your environment is the rule. If you eat dirty food, you end up contracting Cholera. So woman stop parading your body before shoppers without bodyguards, you get looted.

  • Prevention-Cure

    Women are God given and divinely appointed gifts to men. Women should wear modestly and not seduce MEN on the streets. That’s respect. A woman who cares and has 100% human rights cover, covers herself for the sake of the opposite sex. RESPECT of your environment is the rule. If you eat dirty food, you end up contracting Cholera. So woman stop parading your body before shoppers without bodyguards, you get looted.

  • Comrade

    Everyone must also learn to dress the way they would want to be addressed – tanzwana here ?

  • Comrade

    Everyone must also learn to dress the way they would want to be addressed – tanzwana here ?

  • Hurungudo

    A year or so ago two young men were brought before the courts, charged and sentenced for wearing “nhembe” in public, a dress code deemed inappropriate by society and not necessarily by law. We did not see demonstrations at the courts in support of these scantly dressed young lads. The touts should not have abused the poor girl, that I agree with but people should not send the message that anyone can wear clothes of one’s choice because society does not allow that. Instead the demo should be about the way the touts reacted to this kind of dress code and should, through the same avenue, denounce the dress code itself. To me that is only fair.

  • Hurungudo

    A year or so ago two young men were brought before the courts, charged and sentenced for wearing “nhembe” in public, a dress code deemed inappropriate by society and not necessarily by law. We did not see demonstrations at the courts in support of these scantly dressed young lads. The touts should not have abused the poor girl, that I agree with but people should not send the message that anyone can wear clothes of one’s choice because society does not allow that. Instead the demo should be about the way the touts reacted to this kind of dress code and should, through the same avenue, denounce the dress code itself. To me that is only fair.

  • thomas

    Ndikafamba ndichirembedza zvombo zvangu ndakapfeka underwera haikona kundi sunga. mapurisa manzwa here?

    • cde

      Male are improving in covering their bodies females are improving in getting close to naked, How do you fill if you see appetising food on the table uncovered?; most ladies knows how man feels thats y they go naked.NO to such DRESSING in ZIM, try SA.

    • cde

      Male are improving in covering their bodies females are improving in getting close to naked, How do you fill if you see appetising food on the table uncovered?; most ladies knows how man feels thats y they go naked.NO to such DRESSING in ZIM, try SA.

  • thomas

    Ndikafamba ndichirembedza zvombo zvangu ndakapfeka underwera haikona kundi sunga. mapurisa manzwa here?

  • SENSIBLE

    Women should simply dress decently, we never heard of such issues in the early 2000s when women dressed decently to the extend that man actually feel ashamed to be caught even speaking foul language because of the respect they uphold for women (They were actually ladies then).

    Certainly I do denounce and totally against the harassment of women but they should take heed to how they dress. All the women know what dressing scantly does to most men that why one would find that miniskirt dressing is done in the night club because they would want to seduce why then dress as such in the public.

    Dress Decently please!!!

  • Chamboko

    Many are still in the stone ages! People wear what they want. Varume munofamba with shirts open, shorts why dont the women complain too? Each individual has rights and those rights are beyond your cultural dinosaursm. In fact most women in ZImbabwe wore less than they wear now. I have seen my pictures of my mother from the 1960s wearing a mini and she was a descent woman! Mini skirts dont mean someone is loose and even if they are its their bodies they have nothing to do with you! Incidentally can the Herald interview the Hero who protected this girl throughout her ordeal? Its better to know his name than the thugs who are now in court. If this was elsewhere this guy would have won a local human rights prize!

  • Chamboko

    Many are still in the stone ages! People wear what they want. Varume munofamba with shirts open, shorts why dont the women complain too? Each individual has rights and those rights are beyond your cultural dinosaursm. In fact most women in ZImbabwe wore less than they wear now. I have seen my pictures of my mother from the 1960s wearing a mini and she was a descent woman! Mini skirts dont mean someone is loose and even if they are its their bodies they have nothing to do with you! Incidentally can the Herald interview the Hero who protected this girl throughout her ordeal? Its better to know his name than the thugs who are now in court. If this was elsewhere this guy would have won a local human rights prize!