Mat South crime rate increasing

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MATABELELAND South police boss Senior Assistant Commissioner Goodwill Munyaradzi Musariri, has called on police officers to be vigilant and astute in the discharge of their duties to conquer sophisticated criminals, following an increase in criminal activities in the province.

ALBERT NCUBE
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Speaking at Cottco awards for excellence in policing on Wednesday at the new ZRP camp in Gwanda where 18 police officers were honoured for their excellence in accounting for notorious criminals, Musariri warned that the crime rate in the province was on the increase.

“Regrettably, the crime situation in Matabeleland South is on an upward trend compared to the same time last year,” he said, without offering statistics.

“Cases on the increase include murder, rape, stocktheft, assaults and unlawful entry.”

Musariri called on members of the community to assist police in discharging their duties, saying everyone had a responsibility to fight crime.
He applauded police officers for maintaining peace during the harmonised elections.

“Today’s occasion comes at a time when all Zimbabweans, join His Excellency President Robert Mugabe, in celebrating the landslide victory in the recently-held harmonised elections, which were conducted in a calm and tranquil atmosphere, much to the disappointment of our detractors,” Musariri said.

Among recipients of the awards was a female police officer based in Gwanda, Constable Buhlebenkosi Moyo, who clinched first prize for bringing to book a murder suspect attempting to flee to neighbouring South Africa, after committing the crime in Nkayi.