The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) will institute internal disciplinary proceedings against six police officers who were arrested on Friday for allegedly assaulting two Bulawayo sisters aged 30 and 36 years.
Simbarashe Bvekwa, Tichaona Zariro, Patson Gumoreyi, Zibusiso Masuku, Elizabeth Denhere and Christabel Munyondo brutally assaulted Nokuthula and Ntombizodwa Mpofu in Cowdray Park suburb for allegedly violating lockdown regulations.
The police officers were briefly taken to Western Commonage Magistrate Court on Saturday facing criminal charges but the case could not start as the case was referred back for further investigations.
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National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed that the suspects will be subjected to internal disciplinary process but did not disclose the charges that will be laid against them. He said:
Certainly, they will be subjected to internal disciplinary process. I can’t specify when investigations will start because that would be tantamount to revealing their charges before the officers are served. What is important is that they will face charges.
The two women were arrested on April 16 at a supermarket in the suburb where they had gone to buy food for their children.
They were then bashed and bruised and detained overnight at Cowdray Park Police Base after the officers refused to let them pay fines.