Beitbridge police and some army officers Friday allegedly opened fire at Makakavhule villagers after two of their colleagues were manhandled following an argument about an alleged robbery of R15 000 involving security agents.
Police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said investigations were underway and he would provide more details later. He told NewsDay:
I am yet to get full details, but investigations are underway.
A villager, only identified as Thembani, said he was at a funeral when a relative claimed to have been robbed by a policeman and a soldier accompanied by two civilians called. He said:
I found the soldier and policeman firing guns in the air and I called Beitbridge police, who directed me to another senior policeman (Assistant Commissioner Cosmos Masepa), who said he was deploying another team.
Beitbridge police district officer-in-charge Chief Superintendent Tichaona Nyongo confirmed receiving a call from Thembani but said he directed him to Masepa. He said:
I heard the report and I referred Thembani to Assistant Commissioner Masepa.
Cases of the brutality of members of the security forces, including police and soldiers, have been reported before.