Zimbabwe’s top court has scrapped a law that was routinely used by police to ban anti-government protests in a landmark ruling.
The Constitutional Court ruled that a section of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) used by police to regulate public gatherings and demonstrations was unconstitutional.
Former President Robert Mugabe and his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa often used the legislation to ban protests by opposition parties and civil society groups.
However, Constitutional Court Judge Rita Makarau, in a ruling endorsed by the full bench, said section 27 of POSA that forced citizens to seek police clearance to hold demonstrations was open to abuse.
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