S v Chaerera 1988 (2) ZLR 226 (SC)

Whether lack of representation infringes constitutional right to a fair trial. In this case the accused faced a mandatory sentence of $15,000 or 5 years imprisonment for the possession of rhino horns, which could only be avoided by proof of special circumstances. Held that in cases of this nature, where the accused person cannot afford legal representation, it may well be that the court should consider the granting of legal aid.

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