The Constitutional Court has passed a landmark judgement, giving inmates the right to vote.
This is in a matter in which Prisoners Care and Counselling Association (PRISCCA) petitioned the ConCourt over the prisoners’ right to vote.
In his petition PRISCCA executive director Godfrey Malembeka submitted that Prisoners did not forfeit their fundamental rights upon being sentenced and as such, they should be allowed to vote.
Malembeka argued that even though the inmates lost freedom upon being jailed that did not take away their right to participate in elections.
Being an ex convict ,Malembeka instigated the petition in a bid to champion rights of pre-trial remandees and those awaiting bail and appeals to vote in an election within prison facilities.
ConCourt judge Annie Sitali passed the verdict in favour of PRISCCA despite the state having objected to the application.