President Emmerson Mnangagwa has ordered the arrest of at least three members of the uniformed security services who were captured on video beating up a man along Chiremba road in Harare.
The video went viral and revered international media house Sky News also picked it and flighted it.
Registering his dismay on his official Twitter handle Mnangagwa urged the victims to file formal complaints with the police.
“I was appalled by today’s SkyNews report. That is not the Zimbabwean way. I have instructed that the individuals behind this be arrested and encourage all those impacted to contact the authorities and file an official complaint,” he wrote
The video shows officers ordering the man to run before they bundled him into taxi.
A uniformed soldier and two policemen then dragged the man out and the group started hitting his face as he sat handcuffed on the ground while onlookers covered their eyes.
Another man in handcuffs was then pulled from the van and ordered to drive the commandeered taxi.
More than 650 people have been arrested and detained over the past two weeks.
This came after street protests and looting broke out earlier this month when ZCTU called for a stay away.
People took to the streets after the government raised fuel prices by 150%.
President Mnangagwa said the price increase was necessary to tackle shortages caused by “rampant” illegal trading .