21 April 2012

Zimbabwe: New Zealand Journalist Fined

A New-Zealand journalist who was arrested with a Zimbabwean woman at Beitbridge Border Post while working on a story about irregular migration between Zimbabwe and South Africa on Monday morning was yesterday fined US$150. The two were intercepted while taking pictures at the border post.

Hammond Robin Nicholas who stays in Cape Town in South Africa was convicted for contravening a section of the Protected Areas and Places Act.

Beitbridge magistrate Mr Carrington Karidzagundi presided over thematter. Nicholas who claims to be a teacher and photographer had been charged for contravening sections of the Protected Areas and Places and Immigration Acts.

His associate Bertha Chiguvare who is employed by Save the Children in Musina South Africa had been charged for breaching a section of the Criminal Law Reform and Codification and the Protected Areas and Places Acts respectively, which were also dropped.

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