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Police mum on spikes case

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POLICE have remained mum about the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)’s 14-day ultimatum to deal with the damages of four passengers who were seriously injured when a kombi overturned after police manning a roadblock along Khami Road in the city threw spikes in its path.

RICHARD MUPONDE
SENIOR COURT REPORTER

ZLHR petitioned the police to compensate the accident victims and to foot their medical bills or face a lawsuit.

The four — Ntandoyenkosi Nkomo, Nokuthula Mabhena, Esnath Phiri and Emmaculate Ndlovu — are admitted at Ward C1 in serious condition at Mpilo Central Hospital.

The ultimatum expired yesterday and no word has been heard from the cops.

ZLHR’s Lizwe Jamela, representing the four, confirmed that the police had not communicated with them.

A ZRP officer carries spikes at a roadblock along Robert Mugabe Way in Bulawayo yesterday
A ZRP officer carries spikes at a roadblock along Robert Mugabe Way in Bulawayo

“I have not heard anything from them. However, the ultimatum expires today (yesterday) and we will make follow-ups after today,” Jamela said.

Sixteen commuters were on board the kombi when it overturned after its tyres were deflated by spikes thrown onto its path by police manning a roadblock at the Khami flyover bridge in Kelvin.

The kombi overturned three times before stopping at the edge of the bridge.

The police blamed the driver of the kombi Nqobile Moyo (23) for negligence.

Moyo of Entumbane is on remand for reckless driving, operating off-route and driving without a defensive certificate.

He was also charged for driving a commuter omnibus while under the age of 25 and driving a public service vehicle without medical endorsement. He is out of custody on free bail.

 

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