'Gay' director flees home after receiving threats

BULAWAYO - An executive director with a local modelling agency, Ricky Nathanson who was recently arrested on accusations of being gay, has fled his home following unspecified threats.

His lawyer Tanaka Muganyi of Dube, Banda and Nzarayapenga legal practitioners, revealed this during a cross examination in court yesterday.

Nathanson was appearing before Bulawayo magistrate Abednico Ndebele facing charges of criminal nuisance as defined in Section 46 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9: 23.

The 48-year-old director of Ricochet Modelling Agency denies the charge.

He is a well-known gay activist in the city, renowned for wearing female dresses and make-up and is reported to have openly admitted to being gay.

Lawyer Muganyi told the court his client had been threatened by the complainants to such an extent that he was forced to seek alternative accommodation, fearing for his life.

The complainant in the case is Farai Mteliso, 27, a well-known Zanu PF Youth League member who  did not turn up for the court appearance yesterday.

“The accused was threatened for no apparent reason by the complainants and nothing has happened to him,” Muganyi told the court.

“As a result, he has sought alternative accommodation.

“The complainant, should stop doing that or else we will seek help from relevant authorities as no one is above the law.”

However, Nicholas Gachacha, who stood on behalf of the complainant, dismissed the allegations as unfounded and just grandstanding on the part of the accused.

In Nathanson’s defence, Muganyi added that the charge his client was facing was inappropriate as under Section 46 of the criminal law it does not constitute an offence.

He further told the court that if the section was not amended he will be left with no option but to apply for a refusal of further remand.

The State also admitted there were loopholes in the section of the law  and the matter was postponed to February 4 while the accused is out of custody.

Allegations against the accused are that on January 16 at around 5pm at Palace Hotel situated at corner 10th Avenue and Jason Moyo Street in the city, the complainant Farai Mteliso, 27 was drinking beer with friends, when he observed Nathanson getting into a female toilet to relieve himself, the court was told.

It is alleged that Mteliso observed that Nathanson was male through his pair of trousers which he said was transparent to such an extent that one could see his manhood.

Realising that, he effected a citizen arrest on Nathanson and handed him over to the Bulawayo Central Police Station for further management of the case.

As Nathanson stood by his decision of getting into a female toilet, police later referred the matter to Bulawayo United Hospitals (UBH) for medical examination in order to ascertain his actual gender, the court heard.

It was discovered that Nathanson was in fact transgender  but biologically male.

Comments (12)


Thomas - 22 January 2014

Bloody judgmental idiots. Who judges you?? Let him/her be!

Dre - 22 January 2014

judge not for you shall also be judged....

olaf mugocha - 22 January 2014

To hell nekangochani kenyu aka ,kana kutonyara kutsigira nguruve dzakadai ,ko kanoti Mwari akati kave munhu rume akatadza ,shame muno kwete ,hatidi please tine vana vasingafanirwi kuona tsvina dzakadai, batai munhu ,chingochani chipere kkkkkk nemiwo sure munochivei pakadaro kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

sinyoro - 22 January 2014


Chris Ushewokunze - 23 January 2014

Nhai Sinyoro,if it is god's case as you want to pontificate to us then why did this same god give this person two sets of reproductive organs?

tmutekwe - 23 January 2014

pasi nengochani imbwa dzevanu

dboy - 23 January 2014

People are harassed year in year out by these brainless self obsessed imbeciles who suffer from inferiority complex, they never think beyond their mafia boss matibili. In 5 to ten years time Mubabe will be gone poverty is awaiting you. This Mteliso moron has teamed up with the CIO to silence this person but we will keep him informed about your plans. These Idiots dont even go to work they move around the city until bars open then they start drinking beer until night claiming that they kill anyone who oppose Mugabe. Kill since you can but one day you will be answerable to your actions in heaven.

trudy - 23 January 2014

While killing or any other crime against other human beings can not be condoned, I find it very strange that we are trying to accept homosexuality and lesbianism, something that dogs will never do. Please spare us from this rot from the immoral West.

Charles - 23 January 2014

This Mteliso is worse than this gay man. Kuita basa rekutsvaga nyaya dzisina basa achirega kuita zvinoita kuti Bulawayo ibudirire. Arikuda agency ya blaz uyu chete. Kuswera achigadha toilet.

Maita Manyuka - 23 January 2014

This toilet guard is stupid also.He is after this man achiti ngochani ko ingani dziri muvo? Imbwa iyi hainyare kutaura zvisina musoro.Shit yemunhu.

Chivadye - 24 January 2014

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