The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is urging members of the public to desist from taking the law into their hands when they are aggrieved and report to the police instead. This comes amid a rise in the number of kidnappings, murder, torture and malicious damage to property but people who would be seeking to execute “instant” or “mob justice”. In a statement, seen by Pindula News, national police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi also issued an update on some robbery cases. We present the statement below.
CASES OF MURDER, KIDNAPPING, MALICIOUS DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, ASSAULT, STOCK THEFT AND UNLAWFUL ENTRY INTO PREMISES AND THEFT-GUYU
The Zimbabwe Republic Police urges the public to report all criminal cases to the Police and avoid taking the law into their own hands if wronged by another person.
Police are investigating cases of Murder, Kidnapping, Malicious damage to property, Assault, Stocktheft and Unlawful Entry into Premises and Theft which occurred in Guyu and Tuli areas on 1st April 2022, after 34 villagers from Guyu, including 11 Botswana nationals who were tracking their stolen donkeys teamed up and undertook a door to door operation on stock theft suspects.
The gang, who were using two unidentified vehicles, went to John West Village, Tuli, where they effected a citizen arrest on Godwill Ndlovu and Justice Ncube on allegations of stock theft, after they had recovered 11 donkeys penned at the complainants’ homestead. They handcuffed the two and took them to five other complainants’ residences where they broke window panes and doors on several homesteads, before demolishing ZAR 25 400 worth of property which include refrigerators, sofas, cupboards, beds and a kitchen unit. In the process cash amounting to ZAR9 900 and a Mobicell cellphone were reportedly stolen from the complainants.
A clash with John West Villagers, who repossessed the recovered donkeys, ensued and the team retreated. However, they took with them Godwill Ndlovu and Justice Ncube, whom they assaulted with sjamboks and wooden sticks at Mashaba Business Centre, Guyu which resulted in the death of Justice Ncube.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is now conducting comprehensive investigations into the incident.
(N ATHI. P) Assistant Commissioner
Senior Staff Officer (Press and Public Relations)
to the Commissioner-General of Police
Police General Headquarters