DJ Fantan, DJ Levels And Dhama Finally Out On Bail:
Popular entertainment promoters DJ Fantan, DJ Levels and Dhama have been freed on Z$10,000 bail after a High Court judge acceded to their bail appeal.
The three were convicted of breaching Covid-19 regulations after they organised a New Year bash which was attended by thousands of people.
High Court judge Justice Davison Foroma who initially reserved judgement on their bail application case, freed the three on bail of ZWL$10,000 each.
DJ Fantan, whose real name Arnold Kamudyariwa (33), and Levels, real name Tafadzwa Kadzimwe (31) together with Simbarashe “Dhama” Chanachimwe (27) were also ordered to report to their local police stations every two weeks and to continue residing at their given addresses until the matter is concluded.
The three were arrested in early January after they hosted a musical bash in Mbare on New Year’s Eve.
The three appeared before Harare Magistrate Vongai Guwuriro and did not dispute the allegations against them and readily pleaded guilty to the charge of ‘convening a public gathering during a national lockdown’ in contravention of Statutory Instrument 77 of 2020 of the COVID-19 regulations.
Following their guilty plea, Magistrate Guwuriro convicted the three on their own plea and sentenced them to 12 months in prison. Six months were suspended on condition of good behaviour, leaving the three music producers and promoters to serve an effective 6 months in prison.
The Magistrate said that she could not commute the remaining 6 months to community service because Chief Justice Luke Malaba had issued an order suspending community service for the next 30 days due to the Covid-19 national lockdown.
The magistrate also said that she could not fine the three in place of a custodial sentence as this would the crime they had committed light and people won’t take it seriously.
DJ Fantan, Levels and Dhama were shocked by the severity of their sentence and instructed their lawyer to file an appeal at the High Court.
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