Cop up for assault

A POLICE officer and his friend have been arraigned before the courts in Bulawayo for assaulting three other police officers who had apprehended their friend.

Report by Khulani Nkabinde

Prosecutor Masimba Saruwaka told the court that Joseman Zvikava (27), a detective attached to the Criminal Investigative Department Minerals Unit, allegedly assaulted three police officers with his co-accused Privilege Masare who is not a member of the police force on May 27 after they apprehended their friend, Raymond Matapira who was interfering with the operations of the police.

“Raymond Matapira was then arrested and taken to the Bulawayo License Inspectorate and the two accused persons followed them,” Seruwaka said.

“This was after the police officers had told the two accused persons not to follow them but Zvikava told the officers that he wanted to show them how violent he was and blocked the way, trying to take Matapira away from the police.

“The police restrained him and sergeant Maphosa who was at the station noticed the scuffle taking place near the gate and went there to assist. He tried to stop Zvikava but the accused would have none of it and bit Maphosa on the back of the left palm.”

He added: “Zvikava then grabbed a button stick from one of the officers and used it to assault Constable Chigume on the head.

“The co-accused, Masare also grabbed Constable Chigume by the neck telling him to let go of his friend Zvikava. In the ensuing melee, Zvikava also bit another officer, Constable Mutote on the left hand.”

Saruwaka said Zvikava was finally taken to the charge office where he was instructed to sit down.

“While at the charge office, Zvikava assaulted constable Saungweme with a clenched fist once on the mouth,” he said.

“The three police officers sustained injuries as a result of the assault.”

Zvikava and Masare are jointly being charged with defeating or obstructing the course of justice as defined under Section 184 (1) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.

Magistrate, Sibongile Msipa remanded both of them out of custody on $20 bail each.

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