Bulawayo Police Implicated In Coronavirus Lockdown Death
Bulawayo Police Officers have been implicated in the death of a man who was allegedly assaulted by police officers.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police Officers who were deployed from Bulawayo to enforce the 21-day national lockdown in the country have been accused of causing the death of the now-deceased man by his relatives.
A grieving family member who spoke to zim247news on condition of anonymity due to the fear of victimization alleged that on the 30th of March, an unnamed officer used excessive force in apprehending the victim who had been found strolling outside Mabuthweni (Number 2) neighborhood. The victim lost consciousness as a result of the beating that he received from the police officer.
The deceased who has been identified as Levison Ncube, 25, was found outside his residence with his girlfriend at eMabuthweni suburb in Bulawayo. Two unnamed Bulawayo police officers approached him whereupon one of the officers attacked the now deceased who fell on the ground and became unconscious.
When the police officers realized that Ncube had become unconscious, they called for an ambulance which came and ferried him to Mpilo Central Hospital while he was still unconscious.
At Mpilo Central Hospital, Ncube was able to regain consciousness after getting medical treatment. He was later discharged from the hospital.
Unfortunately, because of the attack and despite the medical personnel’s best efforts, Ncube is reported to have suffered paralysis of the left side of his boy.
After returning home, Ncube died on Tuesday, 7th April 2020, after succumbing to the injuries that he suffered during the attack.
According to reports from the family, the matter has been taken to the Bulawayo Police and a case was opened.
According to Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum director Blessing Gorejena, there have been more than 50 documented cases of Police and state security agents brutality across the country especially in the urban areas during the ongoing 21-day mandatory national lockdown.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared the lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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