Bizarre as ZPCS releases child rapist to enjoy a golf match.

Aubrey Cummings, a businessman in, is serving a 15-year jail sentence after being convicted of repeatedly rap!ng his minor niece since she was in grade six up until she was in secondary school. In a rather bizarre twist, the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Masvingo region recently released a convicted child rap!st from Mutimurefu Prison so that he could enjoy a one-day golf jamboree at Masvingo Golf Club.

Aubrey CummingsHe was however allowed to participate in the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS), Commissioner General’s Goodwill Trust Fund golf tournament held on April 13. After the tournament, sources said, Cummings was chauffeured to a more comfortable cell at Masvingo Remand Prison for the night, instead of being immediately driven back to Mutimurefu.

Some fellow golfers were horrified by the arrangement, saying the move showed that real jail time in Zimbabwe was for the poor.

“We have an unrepentant rapist who, upon being sent to prison, threatened the victim right in front of the court now being pampered with VIP treatment and being allowed to play golf. It was an uninformed decision which tainted the spirit of the tournament, one of whose objectives is to raise funds to improve the welfare of vulnerable children and orphans. What message then does that sent to society?” said one golfer who preferred anonymity.

Another one said ZPCS was abusing its so-called rehabilitative programmes to treat rich people with kiddies’ gloves.

“I think that was a disgraceful thing to do. Cummings has not yet served even two years of his lengthy prison term yet he is already being allowed to enjoy select luxury privileges. “He enjoyed cold drinks, braaied meat and a warm bath like everybody else. He didn’t at all look like a prisoner. You could see he was having a time of his life,” complained another player.

When contacted for comment by Tellzim, ZPCS Masvingo public relations officer Stanslous Sanike said it was usual for them to allow Cummings to play in the tournament. “We often do that. He is a golfer so he was allowed to play as part of our rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for prisoners,” said Sanike.


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