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Justice delayed becomes justice denied
The following case illustrates how delayed justice impacts negatively on both the alleged perpetrator and the victim. The juvenile accused was 15 when he was arrested and formally charged in December 2005 on allegations of raping a girl (4). Eight years then lapsed without any resolution of the case. Between January 2006 and June 2008 the docket was oscillating between the police and the public prosecutors until finally being set to be heard on 22 July 2008 at Masvingo Regional Court. However, the trial could not commence as no proper service of the trial date had been effected on the witnesses. Another trial date was set for 5th November 2008 but this time the State claimed it could not locate the accused person, despite him stating that he had always been available. Nothing then happened until he was finally brought to court on 10th March 2014 by the police. Yet again the trial could not commence and he was again released. A new trial date of 20th March 2014 was set and the LRF then made a constitutional application for a permanent stay of prosecution, premised on the provisions of section 69(1) of the Constitution which provides for the right to a fair and public trial within a reasonable time before an independent and impartial court.
Abolishment Of Corporal Punishment Website Article
Corporal punishment is a form of physical punishment that involves the infliction of pain as retribution for an offence or for the purpose of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer. The punishment may be in the home, at school or in the judicial system. In Zimbabwe, the old Constitution allowed for the infliction of moderate corporal punishment on a person below 18 years of age in the home or in execution of a court judgment. It is important to note that only male offenders were subjected to corporal punishment when convicted of a criminal offence. It is also critical to point out that school authorities, acting within the scope of their authority, were allowed to inflict moderate corporal punishment as a way of disciplining a child.
Spot fine debate from a legal eye
The spot fine debate rages with opinions coming from a range of views, which include the legal fraternity to the motorist. The media has been awash with explanations and counter-explanations, but what is the legal position?