Model loses $100 000 HIV defamation case against Zimpapers

Zimbabwe model, Tafadzwa Mushunje lost a $100 000 defamation case against state owned Zimpapers. The 25-year-old who initially made a $2 million lawsuit before reducing it to $100 000, had her claim dismissed with costs by High Court judge Justice Jester Helema Charehwa.

Through her lawyer, Mushunje claimed Zimpapers defamed her through articles published by state run newspapers after she was taken to court on allegations of injecting HIV infected blood into her ex-lover, Colin Kanonge’s two year old son. She was also accused of assaulting the boy on separate occasions and forcing the child to drink her urine. The state withdrew the matter before trial after it was discovered that the model was HIV negative.

In her papers, Mushunje claimed that state papers knew that the articles were false before publication and went on to publish them. She also said that the newspapers failed to make an apology after she demanded a retraction.

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