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Hampered By Zimbabwe Security Forces, NGO Opens Jo'Burg Office

Zimbabwe's National Constitutional Assembly, which has taken a leadership role in the broad civil opposition to the government of President Robert Mugabe, has set up an office in Johannesburg, South Africa, to counter pressure from home security forces.

NCA chairman Lovemore Madhuku said state security agents have interfered with the routine operation of his organization. The civic group has staged a number of protests in Harare in recent weeks and seems to be building support for mass protests given the collapse of the economy under the weight of inflation exceeding 1,200%.

Police called Madhuku to Harare Central Police Station on Monday to ask that he give them prior notice of protests, which the activist, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Zimbabwe, refused to agree to do.

He told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the NCA will keep its focus on protests despite the opening of a South African office.

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