Journalists' case referred to Supreme Court
Madanhire, who is the editor of "The Standard", and Ndlovu, a reporter for the paper, are being charged under Section 31 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. Section 31 deals with the publication of statements that "undermine public confidence in law enforcement agencies." The charges arise from the publication of a story carried in the 14 November 2010 edition of "The Standard" that said that police promotional examinations had been cancelled to accommodate war veterans and retired police chiefs ahead of the anticipated general elections in 2011.
The journalists were charged along with Loud Ramakpola, a reprentative of Alpha Media Holdings (AMH), the publishers of "The Standard" and "Zimbabwe Independent" weeklies. Ndirowei ruled that the case could proceed by way of summons.
Madanhire, Ndlovu and Ramakpola were represented by lawyer Chris Mhike.