NOVELIST Tsitsi Dangarembga’s application for discharge, at the close of the State case, has hit a brick wall.
The presiding magistrate ruled that she be put to her defence.
Dangarembga appeared before Harare magistrate, Barbra Mateko, with her suspected accomplice Julie Barnes.
They are being charged with a breach of peace and intent to promote public violence.
“The essential elements of this offence are the physical and the mental elements and it’s not in dispute that the two were displaying placards at that particular area.
“The physical aspect is that there should be a display of a sign or writing and the intention, the State was supposed to prove the two elements.
“The duo has said they were expressing their opinion and, according to the witness, their opinions provoked the breach of peace hence they must be put to their defence to dispute this evidence,” said magistrate Mateko.
The matter was remanded to August 10 for the defence case.
Allegations are that on July 31, 2020, at the corner Whitwell and Borrowdale Road, in Harare, Dangarembga and Barnes unlawfully gathered.
They were holding placards intending to promote public violence and bigotry, according to the State, as well as breach of peace.
Lancelot Mutsokoti appeared for the State.