ZHRC investigates Masvingo police brutality

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) is investigating a case of police brutality where Anna Masuka of Ngundu Village, Ward 11 in Gutu District was handcuffed to Nyamandi High School fence for 7 hours.

ZHRC investigations revealed that police used unnecessary force, ill-treated and undeservingly detained Masuka in violation of the Human Rights and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The investigations also revealed that there was a violation of traditional values by the village head adding that the public prosecutor also subverted justice by failing to advise state witnesses. The ZHRC said:

Public prosecutor failed in her duty by failing to advise state witnesses on the court proceedings so that they could understand why they were attending court without all of them getting the opportunity to testify and why it was important for them to attend court until they were excused. She also did not advise them of their right to receive witnesses’ expenses for transport.

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