Alison Charles, whose brother Gavin Dean Charles died after being gunned down on August 1, has taken President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the High Court. Charles is challenging the legality of the seven-member commission led by former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe to look into the August 1 violence which resulted in the deaths of at least 7 people after soldiers used live bullets to quell a protest by opposition supporters. Charles is arguing that the Commission is compromised as some of the members are biased. Part of Charles’ court papers read,
I respectfully contend that the decision by the first respondent (Mnangagwa) to appoint a commission of inquiry is reviewable on the basis that it is grossly unreasonable on at least two separate grounds and or interlinking bases…It is submitted that the decision of the first respondent is unlawful in that; it violates the principle of legality and/or it is irrational.
…Alternatively, the first respondent’s decision in appointing the following commissioners to be and is hereby set aside; (1) Professor Charity Manyeruke (2) Professor Lovemore Madhuku.