Nhlambabaloyi Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni has been granted bail of ZW$500 by High Court Judge Thompson Mabhikwa after his appeal was successfully argued by Professor Welshman Ncube of Mathosi Law Chambers.
Chief Ndiweni had been sentenced to 18 months in prison for destroying one of his subjects property which he exercised through the traditional court powers. The traditional court powers derive from the constitution. The constitution does give the Chiefs power to banish subjects for various offences within the traditional law. With the imprisonment of the Chief it showed that the Traditional courts have been stripped of some powers which had been provided for in the Constitution.
A crowd gathered outside the court in their numbers in support of the Chief.