Cops Flee As Illegal Kombi Operators Attack Them
A Bulawayo kombi driver and a conductor allegedly assaulted a police officer on duty and smashed his mobile phone after he attempted to arrest them.
Thembani Moyo, 41, Xola Sibanda, 24, both of Makokoba suburb, and Lungisani Mguni (41) of Mpopoma suburb allegedly attacked Constable Speaky Goteka last month.
It is alleged that Moyo, the driver, and Mguni his conductor were loading passengers along 3rd Street in Makokoba suburb on April 12 at around 1 PM in violation of Covid-19 regulations.
Const Goteka and his colleagues, Samson Munsaka and Restern Mukumbiri both stationed at Mzilikazi Police Station, attempted to arrest the duo for illegally operating a Toyota Hiace registration number AEU 4744 which is not registered under the Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) franchise as required by law.
The police officers allegedly ordered passengers to disembark from the vehicle as they wanted to impound it. This irked Moyo and Mguni and they disembarked leaving no one inside.
A mob reportedly gathered at the scene and started throwing stones at the police officers.
Sensing danger, two of the police officers jumped into the kombi and one of them drove it to Mzilikazi Police Station.
Const Goteka fled on foot but Moyo and Mguni who were joined by Sibanda pursued and caught up with him and started assaulting him.
Sibanda also severely bashed him.
Moyo allegedly took the cop’s Itel P36 Lite phone worth more than $10 000 and smashed it on the road. A Good Samaritan, Raymond Gutai of Makokoba suburb saved Const Goteka from further attack and hid him in his house.
The complainant sustained a swollen forehead and some bruises on both hands and he was treated at Mpilo Central Hospital.
The three suspects were later arrested.
The Chronicle reports that the two appeared in court and are remanded out of custody.
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