Zim teen to be caned over Facebook slur

2012-02-20 09:57

Harare - A court in Zimbabwe has sentenced a 17-year-old boy to be caned after he posted a picture of a woman on Facebook with a caption that called her a prostitute, state media said on Monday.

The Herald newspaper said magistrate Tinashe Ndokera found the boy guilty of criminal insult, and ordered that he be caned twice.

The teenager from the south-eastern town of Chiredzi confessed to taking a photo of the woman without her knowledge as she made a phone call at her office on February 06.

"Later that evening, he posted the woman's picture on his Facebook profile and below the picture he wrote (in the local Shona language): 'These are Chiredzi's prostitutes'," The Herald said.

The woman discovered her picture when she logged on to Facebook and alerted police, who arrested the boy.

Caning is a common sentence in Zimbabwe, but only for minors deemed too young to serve prison terms.

  • Gary - 2012-02-20 10:25

    Know what?..............I agree 100% with this. I didn't think that I would when I read the heading, but how much slander takes place on social networking, hell people have commited suicide over FB comments made about them.

  • dawie.snyman - 2012-02-20 10:38

    Brilliant! Would love to see more of this :)

  • customdesign - 2012-02-20 10:39

    On the intro page you have caned as canned.

  • Johan - 2012-02-20 10:41

    ........boy to be canned..... Not very good reporting/editing !

      Blip - 2012-02-20 10:50

      Pilchard punishment?

      Hooloovoo - 2012-02-20 10:56

      Koo...its good for you.

      felican - 2012-02-20 11:36

      So a whack on the backside is what ??? AND it is caned not canned Johan ... Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child - THAT is why there are so many Rotten Eggs and Apples these days.. I DO NOT approve of child abuse in ANY FORM but a whack on the rear end could save the child's live for them in their later years.

  • Johan - 2012-02-20 11:33

    It would seem that News24 actually read our comments because they corrected the original report that stated 'the boy was canned'

  • felican - 2012-02-20 11:33

    Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child... I see nothing wrong with a whack on the backside - so do the Crime you must do the Time or feel the end of the stick on your rear end. Too many people think they can just post away and just get away.... Thumbs down icon for them.... There are now things called Cyber Cops.

  • SiphoMalele - 2012-02-20 12:00

    OK. "mugabe is a homophobic thief, a puppet of the imperial west". Now, zim courts - come get me for that 'criminal insult'. i wait for u with my knopkierie!

  • Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-02-20 13:53

    the only comment i expected to see here is missing. we may call Mugabe, this,that or the other, but that system of caning works there. if that had happened in SA, the child would have all these children's rights that would explain to this child how to do it next time without getting caught. the missing comment, may we see this in SA sometime soon before things get out of hand even more.

      the_gob - 2012-02-20 14:10

      Have to agree with you there bud, as Mad as Bob is, some of his laws are definitely needed this side of the Limpopo...

  • Dan De Lange - 2015-05-01 08:56

    Caning for those to young to go to prison, only thing I agree with in Zimbabwe

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