UPDATE ON COURT CASE AGAINST MTHWAKAZI YOUTH RESOLUTION.
Today the state pushed further the case of state against Mqondisi Moyo and 22 others who were arrested for petitioning ZESA over unfair employment policies. The trial will continue on the 17th of October 2013.
The other case against Busani Sibindi and Mqondisi Moyo singled out as the leaders and charged separately under POSA was also pushed further to the same date. In the previous trials the state has failed to produce tangible evidence against the group and has on two separate accounts provided witnesses who have admitted incompetence in front of the magistrate.
Today the state could not even provide one state witness hence the postponement of the case. The group has expressed serious concern over the delay of the case and have e quitted the last six months to a jail sentence. '' we are failing to plan and work due to this case hence we were raising important and serious issues, its like we are in prison. It’s a soft prison.'' Said one of the victims of the unjust arrest of the 23. Another lady who is a family member and relative of one of the victims threatened protest if the state fails to conclude the matter on the 17th as it is taking away valuable time she claimed. She even suggested that those witnesses who failed to attend the court proceedings be issued warrants of arrest.
However the official position of the radical youth movement remains obscure '' We are calling an emergency meeting today to deal with the matter and we are most likely to take a very radical position'' said an executive member. ''Some people are now taking us for granted and wasting our time. If we look at the time lost and calculate the opportunity cost of this very simple and straight forward case we will realize that we have lost a lot. Some of us run our own enterprises and are self-employed, we are not even getting time to attend to our business. We also have so many Mthwakazi problems to attend to, they are diverting our attention whilst they continue with their agenda of occupation, marginalization, looting and Shonalization of our beloved territory.'' added the executive in frustration. ''They (state) are pushing us to the limit and if they put us in a corner we will go to the extreme.''
It is however probable that the state is deliberately delaying the trial so as to keep the Mthwakazi Youth Leaders under check and its attention diverted from serious issues that affect the regions of Matabeleland and Midlands.