Byo lawyer makes legal history

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Ray Goba

Thandeka Moyo, Chronicle Reporter
A VISUALLY impaired prosecutor who was denied full access to the courts since 2006 because of his condition has been finally granted permission to prosecute after the Prosecutor-General Advocate Ray Goba granted him his long-denied rights.

Mr Mehluli Ndlovu joined the Public Service Commission 11 years ago but was confined to set down offices as his superiors said he would not be able “to see” the credibility of witnesses.

He received a letter from the Prosecutor General’s last week granting him permission to prosecute as provided by the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

Mr Ndlovu’s lawyer Mr Costar Dube of Mcijo Dube and Partners confirmed that his client got the letter. “I Advocate Ray Goba, the Prosecutor-General of Zimbabwe, do hereby nominate and appoint Mehluli Ndlovu to appear before the Magistrates’ Court and Supreme Court of Zimbabwe, for me, and in my name, to prosecute all cases as shall be therein pending,” reads the letter.

“I find that the applicant is unnecessarily being discriminated and thereby order that the Attorney General, Public Service Commission and the Director of Public Prosecutors through any of its subordinates and functionaries officials desist from subjecting Mr Ndlovu to any restrictions in the performance of his duties. They should but render him with all necessary support and assistance to fully and effectively perform his duties without any differentiation with his other colleagues in prosecution.” Mr Ndlovu’s plight started in 2006 when he left private practice to join the then Public Service Commission as a prosecutor at Bulawayo Magistrates Court housed at Tredgold Building when Mr Johannes Tomana was still the Attorney-General.

Until now, he was not allowed to present cases in court with authorities arguing his assistant is not a civil servant and has not taken an oath to keep State secrets. For the past 11 years, Mr Ndlovu has been confined to the set down offices where he received new cases and decides whether there is enough evidence to prosecute.

Frustrated by his former boss, Mr Tomana, Mr Ndlovu approached the Labour Court seeking an order to be allowed to prosecute in court.

Labour Court President Justice Mercy Moya-Matshanga ruled in his favour and ordered Mr Tomana to allow him to prosecute, but the court order was violated.

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  • Ndlovu4482

    Siyabonga, Asante sana

  • Bhekizulu

    Great news happy for you Mehluli at least justice has prevailed.

  • Essexvale

    I’ve known and worked with Mr Mehluli Ndlovu for many years in a number of civil society programmes and have found him to be most competent in articulating issues related to various aspects of the law. It is however, with disgust that I’ve learnt from the above article, about the manner in which his colleagues at law have been discriminating against him because of his visual impairment. Meanwhile, allow me to convey sincere congratulations to Mr Ndlovu for finally receiving this hard won recognition..

    • Essexvale

      Recognition should have been a constitutional right. Why did did the system force Mr Ndlovu to fight so hard for that which is rightfully his?

      • Doctor Do little

        True. When will people learn that disability is not inability. I mean if you look at this platform there is an individual with a disabled brain but look at the havoc he causes (meant as a joke) . There is nothing wrong Mehluli’s brain. To the contrary he is an inspiration to his community.

        • Essexvale

          Wise words indeed. However; your intended joke shouldn’t be that! The character you refer to has caused and indeed still causes havoc on the integrity of individual contributors’; besides being a general nuisance to all and sundry.

          • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

            Bring home some flowers and chocolates and your troubles will be over.

          • Unathi Makhetha

            Will you be screewing around into your old age?

          • Doctor Do little

            Only a nut monitors other peoples activities in this way. Are you a peeping tom?

        • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

          you’re always irritable especially if you have had months of deprivation, being deprived of the action in between the sheets that is.

          • Doctor Do little

            What do you know about sheets you stupid fool. That is why I find you so stupid. It is because you offer no argument, No debate and you ramble on like a lunatic. I see your other profile with your other idiotic persona is on line. What a plug.

      • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

        In life you fight for what you believe is yours, that’s why you see me taking my respect by force!!

        • Essexvale

          Screwed you good and proper didn’t I. Told you so! But there’s more to come. ….. Managed to draw you out of your slimy hole. Now say bye bye to cloning other users profiles, you useless piece of human manure!!

    • Unathi Makhetha

      Ulamanga, you just seeking attention and want acceptance only!!

      • Essexvale

        Screwed you good and proper didn’t I. But there’s more to come. ….. Managed to draw you out of your slimy hole. Now say bye bye to cloning other users profiles, you useless piece of human manure!!

  • Miss P

    Your picture is misleading. Why put up Goba’s pic when we are celebrating Mehluli. Rather put a generic pic duhhhh…