In­tro­duce CCTV sys­tems in court­rooms

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EDITOR — May the Gov­ern­ment of Zimbabwe in­tro­duce CCTV sys­tems in all court­rooms across the coun­try. By do­ing so, this will help re­duce crimes and cor­rup­tion.

Al­though the mag­is­trates write state­ments from both the plain­tiff and the de­fen­dant, cam­eras will also help in record­ing the ac­tual event and ex­act words spo­ken by the par­ties in­volved.

More­over, for those whose Shona language is in­ter­preted, at times the ap­pro­pri­ate word is not used. Our court in­ter­preters need to ac­quire what I term, “com­mand of language”.

I have at­tended many court cases and I have re­alised that poor peo­ple lose their cases be­cause of fear.

The at­mos­phere in out court­rooms is in­tim­i­dat­ing to the ex­tent erod­ing con­fi­dence in wit­nesses and de­fen­dants. Mag­is­trates tend to lis­ten care­fully to lawyers than to in­di­vid­u­als who are not rep­re­sented.

In schools, the new cur­ricu­lum was in­tro­duced, why can not the same be done to the con­sti­tu­tion of the coun­try?

The Con­sti­tu­tion can be in­tro­duced in schools as part of sub­jects like His­tory or Her­itage Stud­ies. In court, ig­no­rance is not a de­fence. You can­not ar­gue that ‘I do not know” as a de­fence and ex­pect to win. Never.

The knowl­edge gap can be re­duced if Zim­bab­weans fa­mil­iarise with the supreme law from pri­mary to ter­tiary level.

The con­sti­tu­tion should not be a pre­serve of lawyers. We have a right to learn it and schools and col­lege of the best plat­forms.

Ev­ery per­son must be com­pelled to know the law that gov­ern them.

This will also help in curb­ing crimes. On an­other note, may the re­spon­si­ble author­ity con­struct a pub­lic toi­let at the civil court; I am fre­quent vis­i­tor there and an an­nounce­ment is al­ways made ev­ery that there is no toi­let at that “big “Gov­ern­ment premises, where peo­ple from all walks of life come seek­ing var­i­ous ser­vices.

If in South Africa they now con­sider it a hu­man right abuse for peo­ple to use Blair toi­lets, what of a place of jus­tices in a new dis­pen­sa­tion Zimbabwe?

Thank you.

AK Honde Val­ley.

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