This campaign is to raise funds for emergency relief and to pay for cost of legal disbursements in a case against the State to clear my name.
Justice is one of the most important moral values in the spheres of law, politics and civil society. Establishing justice means all people are ruled equally by the laws of their country that keep people safe and protected.
In South Africa, justice is often denied to those who cannot afford to pay for it.
In February 2018 I was arrested on false allegations. I vehemently deny orchestrating, conspiring to or being involved in crime. I have never been charged with a criminal offense prior to this.
Evidence indicates these allegations were hatched by my former partner and his attorney who wanted to boost their odds of winning a property dispute.
The Court delayed the matter repeatedly allowing for "further investigations". After a year the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) failed to find one iota of evidence and the Case was withdrawn from the Court Roll.
My life, however, continued on a trajectory of diminished circumstances. I was forced to close my art gallery cafe. I sold all moveable assets including my car, antiques, artworks and jewellery. Life became enormously challenging dealing with unemployment and mental health issues (post traumatic stress disorder).
Clearing my name
I cannot envisage a full recovery without clearing my name. I need to instigate proceedings against the Minister of Police and NPA for wrongful arrest, unlawful detention and malicious prosecution.
I am appealing to the wider community for help. As embarrassing as it is to reach out, I see no alternative but to put my pride aside and shout out with a desperate appeal in my pursuit of justice and restitution.
Saying "No" to Injustice
One of my earliest childhood memories relates to injustice. I was sexually violated. I carried a burden of shame to adulthood. However, this developed a deep personal committment in the fight against injustice.
Establishing Prima Facie
A prima facie case should only be established where sufficient evidence supports a party's case and would justify a verdict in his favour and provided such evidence is not rebutted by the other party. The police should have exercised an unbiased duty of care and the statement should have been supported by credible evidence or a witness. The police should also have given notice of their intention to arrest me, and provided an opportunity for a counter statement, but they did not.
Wrongful arrest, unlawful detention and malicious prosecution
After my arrest I was placed in police custody for the weekend. I appeared before a Cape Town Magistrate the following Monday. The police docket was incomplete and the charges incorrectly scheduled. The NPA did not record court proceedings - as is customary. I was denied bail and after my appearance immediately transferred to Pollsmore Prison.
In prison I experienced multiple layers of personal violation. I witnessed gross abuse of authority and institutionalised violence. I was ordered to strip naked in full view of other detainees. Correctional Services staff conducted a cavity check. This was possibly the greatest humiliation I have personally experienced. I felt degraded being ordered to squat naked with arms upwardly stretched. It made me feel dirty and worthless. Prison authorities took pleasure in belittling me, as well as violating my rights.
Pollsmore female cells were overcrowded and unhygienic. Fifty two woman and twenty beds.
Detention causes crippling mental trauma and twelve nights in prison have had a lasting impact. I felt so ashamed to be dressed in prison clothes when my children visited.
Supporting Documents & Information Fact Check
Robert Gabriel Mugabe sanctioned and then deliberately strategized political, collective and economic violence against white commercial Zimbabwean farmers.
Watch a personal account Here -YouTube
Face Book Zimbabwe News and Views. - "Facebook News.
Zimbabwe Human Rights Abuse - Research Project
A claim for unfair dismissal - National Retailer
Video Credit Sepia Films - Vic Sarin and Austin Andrews
Human Rights Abuses - kind favour of Mike Campbell Foundation
Our farm - before and after