WOZA charge cops with brutality

The battered coordinators of Women of Zimbabwe Arise have filed a police brutality and blatant misconduct complaint against Officer Commanding Crime Prevention Unit in Bulawayo, Sergeant J. Dzikiti.

Since the formation of WOZA in 2003, Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu have been arrested and imprisoned more than 33 times.
Since the formation of WOZA in 2003, Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu have been arrested and imprisoned more than 33 times.

The group’s co-ordinators, Jenni Williams and Magondonga Mahlangu, were subjected to obscenities and assault by a team of police officers in the Bulawayo Central Police Station after their arrest during a peace march.

They were then dragged to the Tredgold Magistrates Court on September 23. Still nursing assault injuries, they were remanded in custody until October 6, on trumped-up charges of kidnap and theft.

The complaint, recorded as Case No. IR 7900/1, comes as the ZRP is claiming credit for making strides toward compliance with internationally recognised policing – including curbing excessive force.

The Investigating Officer assigned to the case was openly defied by Dzikiti, who refused to even accompany him to record a statement, according to Mahlangu. The junior officer failed to hold his superior to account.

Rights groups say Zimbabwe needs a separate entity to handle complaints against police 'because police cannot police themselves.'

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