THE cyber-bullying case pitting socialites, Felistas Chido “Mai TI” Murata and Olinda Chapel-Nkomo, has spilled into court.
The matter was heard before Harare Civil Court magistrate Sharon Mashavire where both counsels presented their arguments.
Mai TT is being represented by Attorney Arthur Marara while Olinda is being represented by Ngonidzashe Musviba of Mavhiringidze and Mashanyare Law Chambers. Magistrate Mashavira deferred the matter to Thursday.
It is alleged Mai TT sent messages to Olinda Chapel’s mobile phone.
Marara submitted that documents should have been translated into English and the annexures were in Shona and were, therefore, inadmissible.
Musviba responded and quoted Section 17 of the Civil Evidence Act that translation was only needed when necessary and even, if it’s
necessary, the insults were in English as well, which is admissible.
Argued Marara: “The authentication is for the purposes of gaining confidence in these documents, thus the case has some issues and
loopholes. “The documents have the Shona language, which is not international, thus it’s difficult to deal with such a matter.
“We still need an original document and we can not rely on photocopies.”