Police face criminal charges, disciplinary hearing for brutalising ‘Ndebele’ girls

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Bulawayo – At least 6 police officers stationed at Cowdry Park Police base in Bulawayo will face stern disciplinary hearings after they allegedly detained two women overnight and assaulted them, resulting in severe injuries.

The officers, namely, Simbarashe Bvekwa, Tichaona Zariro, Patson Gumoreyi, Zibusiso Masuku, Elizabeth Denhere and Christabel Munyondo were arrested on Friday for allegedly assaulting the two siblings aged 30 and 36 years according to a report in the Chronicle newspaper.

On Saturday, the 6 officers were taken to Western Commonage Magistrate Court facing an array of charges. However, the case could not start, nor could the now suspects be placed on remand after the prosecution requested further investigations, citing contradictions between the statements of the victims, and the evidence that had been supplied.

Pictures of the two victims went viral on micro-blogging website Twitter, after several users complained of police brutality and tribalism.

Earlier complaints by Twitter users in Bulawayo seemed to indicated that the officers had spewed tribal slurs as they beat up the two victims, who are between the ages of 30 and 36.

Speaking to the Chronicle Newspaper, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed that the officers would face internal disciplinary action, on top of the criminal charges they are facing.

“Certainly they will be subjected to internal disciplinary process. I can’t specify when investigations will start because that would be tantamount to revealing their charges before the officers are served. What is important is that they will face charges,” he said.

The siblings, names withheld, were arrested on April 16 at a supermarket in the suburb where they had gone to buy food for their children. The women alleged three cops picked them out from a queue at the supermarket and cuffed their hands behind their backs.

 

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