A PRISON officer stationed at Khami Maximum Prison was dragged to court and found guilty and sentenced for assaulting his wife.
Thubalenkosi Moyo (28) came home at around 9.45pm and his wife Sanele Nyathi (26) served him food and he requested that she sits next to him.
Nyathi, however, went outside and when she came back, he hit her with open hands and head-butted her for delaying to come and sit next to him, the court heard.
As if that was not enough, he hit her with fists all over the body and she bled from the head. After the attack she rushed to a police station and reported the matter to the police, leading to the arrest of her husband.
Moyo appeared for trial before Western Commonage Court resident magistrate Shepherd Mnjanja facing a physical abuse charge.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge but he was found guilty and fined $10 000. However, if he fails to pay it before 31 July he will have to serve four months behind bars.
In another related incident Advocate Muzavazi, a prison officer stationed at Bulawayo Remand Prison allegedly impersonated a police officer and pounced on a vegetable vendor Nhlanhla Hadebe (20) in Njube suburb and told him that he was under arrest for violating Covid-19 regulations by selling vegetables.
“He claimed that he was a CID from Njube Police Station therefore he should follow him to the station because he was under arrest. Hadebe asked to inform his parents, Muzavazi demanded cash so that he would not arrest him and in the mid of that Hadebe’s neighbour pitched up and demanded to see his police identification card but he couldn’t produce it. That raised suspicion,” said a source close to the case.
Hadebe and his neighbours apprehended him and took him to Njube Police Station leading to his arrest.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident.
“I can confirm that we arrested a prison officer for impersonating a police officer. For further information contact Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service spokesperson,” he said.
Efforts to get a comment from Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service spokesperson Garainashe Moyo were fruitless as his mobile number was not reachable.