TWO Mthwakazi Youth Leaders’ Joint Resolution activists, Mqondisi Moyo and Busani Sibindi have been found guilty of organising a demonstration against the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority’s (ZESA) move to employ 300 people allegedly from outside Bulawayo at its Insukamini substation in Emgwanwini suburb.
Bulawayo magistrate Crispen Mberewere found the pair guilty of “failing to notify the regulatory authority for Bulawayo South on their march on 8 April 2013,” according to their lawyer, Dumisani Dube of Cheda and Partners law firm.
They will be sentenced tomorrow (Tuesday).
The 23 accused persons will know their fate later today when they will be arraigned before magistrate Mberewere on criminal nuisance charges.
The group was arrested on allegations of holding an illegal demonstration and being a nuisance to the public and causing hatred to a particular group of people which was later dropped.
The State’s case is that the 23 were a criminal nuisance when they marched along Plumtree Road from Bellevue Spar towards the city centre where they intended to hand in a petition to Zesa management in Bulawayo.
They also allegedly blocked traffic making it difficult for motorists and other residents to use the road.
They were allegedly accusing Zesa of employing more than 300 people from outside Bulawayo and Matabeleland region to work at its projects.
They were allegedly carrying placards with messages that read as: “Zesa stop smuggling labour it is illegal, Zesa management stop importing labour-stop discriminating, Zesa stop busing labour-scandalous authorities, Zesa corrupt-the jobs belong to us and not imported youths, Mthwakazi youth leaders insist on executive devolution of power-stop destroying us.”
The other message was: “Mthwakazi youth leaders joint resolution demand that Zesa and other companies stop importing labour from other provinces outside Matabeleland.”