A photojournalist testifies in the Tsitsi Dangarembga case; prominent perpetrator charged with incitement to public violence
By Paul Katanda
A Harare-based photojournalist has testified in defense of award-winning author, Tsitsi Dangarembga, who faces charges of incitement to public violence after staging a peaceful protest in an affluent Harare suburb in
On Monday, renowned photojournalist, Zinyange Antony Ruzvidzo, said he saw Dangarembga protesting in a calm environment and with no audience in sight.
Led by Dangarembgwa’s lawyer, Ruzvidzo said, “I saw them walking along the road going to Sam Levy (village) and I stopped and started taking pictures. I did it because I’m a photojournalist, I saw signs, that’s why I thought I had to take pictures.
The Booker Price candidate is accused jointly with her neighbor of demanding media reforms.
It landed in trouble during the foiled July 31 protests planned against the government by campaigners for bad governance.
She insists there was nothing wrong with organizing a peaceful protest as it was a constitutional right.
During his additional testimony, Ruzvidzo said he did not recall the exact words, but was fully aware that the signs were about freedom of speech.
“I just remember the word ‘reforms’ and the other writing ‘free journalists’. I just saw freedom of expression on a female body,” Ruzvidzo claimed.
“I don’t think what they were doing incited violence or incited to break the peace. I don’t think a call for media freedom incites public violence.
“None of what I witnessed showed any sign of a breach of the peace, and I did not see the defendant address a member of the public.”
He said he took pictures because it was part of his job.
Ruzvidzo also confirmed Dangarembga’s statements that she refused to answer journalists’ questions.
The State and the defense will consult on the dates on which they will file their written observations.
Judgment will be rendered on August 31, 2022.