Poly student breaks leg in scuffle over ID


A SECURITY guard manning the Bulawayo Polytechnic College’s entrance gate has landed himself in trouble after he allegedly attacked and broke a student’s leg accusing him of entering the campus without displaying his student identity card.


Douglas Tanyanyiwa (28) of Rio Tinto Hostels in Matshobana, Bulawayo, denied the assault charge yesterday when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Charity Maphosa.

Prosecutor Kudakwashe Jaravaza told the court that on February 26 this year at 8am the complainant, Onias Chiketa (20), who is currently studying drafting and designing, entered the campus through a gate manned by Tanyanyiwa.

He allegedly told the guard that he did not have the ID card and was let in. But Tanyanyiwa later pursued him and assaulted him with booted feet, accusing him of forcing his way into the college campus without producing an ID as required.

In the process, Chiketa fell on the ground and fractured his right thigh.

Chiketa was rushed to United Bulawayo Hospitals where he received treatment before the matter was reported to police, leading to Tanyanyiwa’s arrest.

In his defence Tanyanyiwa said: “I do not agree with the allegations levelled against me.

On the respective day I was doing my routine duties at the small gate. I was checking for IDs.”

He said when Chiketa failed to produce his ID, he ordered him to use the main entrance, but the latter allegedly forced his way in and started running away.

“So I ran after him for some metres. He fell on the tarmac,” Tanyanyiwa said.

The magistrate remanded the matter to April 30 for judgment.


  1. The judgement will create a precedent for Bulawayo Polytechnic to whether Students IDs are necessary or not

  2. Actions taken by the guard to prevent the Student from entering into the premises without a student ID could be implied terms.

  3. I believe this case will strengthen or weaken the security at Bulawayo Polytechnic and make the nationwide aspiring Students to be at Poly consider their protection and safety.

  4. Is there still safety?? Will Students be protected by the Bulawayo Polytechnic Guards?? Many things have gone missing at the Poly Bridge. Other students becoming hurt in the process.

  5. Will the common rule “a person without a student ID is not a student, but a suspect” not help to reduce crime??

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