The magistrate said while passing sentence: “Both of you exhibited immaturity and you were oblivious of the dangers of engaging in sexual intercourse.”Lawyer Alex Magaisa says while the age of consent under the constitution is 16, in practice it is in fact 12 – with the courts playing a major role in lowering the bar.
Writing in The Chronicle today, he said: “While it’s often said the age of consent in Zimbabwe is 16 years, it is on analysis, effectively 12 years for girls.
But, why are most people in the country now very active on these dating sites?
"I challenged the last date that I had who left me when I disclosed my status.
"I asked him whether he would have been comfortable having sexual relations with me using a condom, had I not disclosed.
I caught up with one female participant who goes by the user name, Gracy, on one of the sites.
She says she uses the site because her nature of work is so demanding that she doesn’t have time to date the normal way.