20 Feb '12, 8am
Zimbabwe teenager to be caned over Facebook slur
HARARE (AFP) - A court in Zimbabwe has sentenced a 17-year-old boy to be caned after he posted a picture of a woman on Facebook with a caption that called her a prostitute, state media said on Monday. The Herald newspaper said magistrate Tinashe Ndokera found the boy guilty of criminal insult, and ordered that he be caned twice. The teenager from the south-eastern town of Chiredzi confessed to taking a photo of the woman without her knowledge as she made a phone call at her office on Feb 6. 'Later that evening, he posted the woman's picture on his Facebook profile and below the picture he wrote (in the local Shona language): 'These are Chiredzi's prostitutes',' The Herald said.