The Motlanthe Commission has implicated the army and police in the shooting and killing of civilians and wounding others on August 1. This was revealed in the report presented by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday evening.
The army and police had blamed the opposition and businesspeople of shooting and killing unarmed civilians on the fateful day. The long-awaited Motlanthe Commission report laid the matter to rest once and for all. Part of the report reads as follows
It is undisputed that six people died as a result of gunshot wounds, and according to the evidence from the two major hospitals, 23 people were injured as a result of gunshots, and one person of assault.
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The commission’s findings on a balance of probabilities from all the evidence received are that the deaths of these six people and injuries sustained by the 35 others arose from the actions of the military and the police.
The use of live ammunition, directed at people, especially as they were fleeing, was clearly unjustified and disproportionate. The use of sjamboks, baton sticks and butts of the gun to assault members of the public indiscriminately was also disproportionate.