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    Herbert Chitepo Law School shines at the Regional Media Law Moot Competition


    Students from Great Zimbabwe University’s Herbert Chitepo Law School were a spectacle at the just ended regional rounds of the African Price Media Court Competition which were held at the University of Johannesburg from 14th – 16th February 2019. This competition tests students’ knowledge of international media law whilst allowing them to put it to use in friendly but fierce competitions through court room simulations. The competition attracted twenty three law faculties from all over Africa.
    Great Zimbabwe University was represented by Bernadette Mazambani, a fourth year law student, and Mbalenhle Mwase, a third year law student. Against all odds, the two students fought tooth and nail, to claw their way into the semi-finals of the competition. There, they faced the University of Zimbabwe, which also put up a strong performance in its own right. Great Zimbabwe University emerged victorious in the semi-final rounds, thereby progressing to the final rounds where it faced the University of Witwatersrand from South Africa. The final of the competition was held at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and was adjudicated upon by some of Africa’s most esteemed constitutional court Judges.
    By a very narrow margin, Great Zimbabwe University lost to the University of Witwatersrand, and took the runners’ up spot. The performance was nothing short of impressive. Owing to their strong performance, the students from Great Zimbabwe University were selected amongst five faculties of law from the tournament that shall have the privilege of representing the continent of Africa at the International Rounds of the Price Media Moot Court Competition which shall be held at Oxford, England in April 2019. The University of Zimbabwe also qualified amongst these five faculties of law, which means that two Zimbabwean universities will be representing Africa at the tournament.
    Great Zimbabwe University’s team is coached by Mr Zvobgo Tawanda Zvobgo, a legal practitioner in a leading Civil and Commercial Law firm in Harare. The Dean of the Herbert Chitepo Law School, Mr Victor Nkiwane, was ecstatic over his students’ performance and hopes that they can maintain the strength of their oral submissions at the international rounds of the tournament in Oxford. He said, “Our students have certainly outdone themselves, and have proved that Zimbabwe, and in particular, Great Zimbabwe University, is a force to be reckoned with in Africa. We wish them all the best as they prepare to battle it out with some of the world’s leading Law Schools at Oxford in a couple of months. We hope that they will again proudly carry our University’s name high.  It is amazing that we have reached such levels even before we have our first graduates.


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