SA cops bash Zim youth leaders

JOHANNESBURG Two members of the local Zimbabwe Youth Wing here, Ishmael Kauzani (Chairman) and Brian Muziringa (spokesman), were beaten black and blue by SAPS officers last week.

We were sitting on a bench outside the Supreme Court when a policeman accused us of being criminals and asked for our identification. We showed him and asked why he chose us among several other people who were also sitting and he called for re-enforcements, resulting in a police van dropping six more police officers, said Kauzani.

Without asking any questions, they started harassing us, while the van brought five more cops who started beating us. We were both severely injured. They took us to a city police station, where the torture continued unabated. Some United Nations Lawyers, Bishop Paul Verryn (who runs the Methodist Church refugee centre) and some journalists, intervened over the phone and station commander Brigadier Mashaba from John Vorster, came out of the building to rescue us.

The case is being handled by the Legal Resources Centre. The pair were badly injured and traumatised and in need of medical attention.

The Zimbabwe Youth Wing Organization is involved in Human Rights and

Democracy activism that was founded by Kauzani and other MDC

political torture victims living in exile.

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