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    Magistrate raises corruption allegations against Police officer



    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI – Chiredzi Regional Magistrate, Judith Zuyu has filed a complaint of corruption against a Police officer who arrested a rape suspect in 2011 and then released the accused without taking him to court.
    Documents obtained by The Mirror show that Zuyu raised the complaint with the cop's superior; the Officer Commanding Police in Chiredzi Chief Superintendent Peter Magwenzi who then thanked the regional magistrate for alerting the Police to the alleged crime.
    Efforts to get a comment from Magwenzi were fruitless.
    However, the documents show that the suspect Poterai Majanyana who raped a mentally challenged woman has since been rearrested and given 16 years in prison after being convicted of rape.
    After his illegal release, Majanyana fled to South Africa only to be rearrested in 2015.
    "It is a 2011 matter where I highly suspect and smell corruption by arresting detail Makopa who after arrest and without taking accused to court released same. It is a matter that could have been entertained and completed long time back. Accused then left for South Africa only to be re-arrested in 2015 after the case was re-reported. Rape is the worst form of gender based violence, it violates one`s constitutional rights to dignity and privacy" said Zuyu in her judgement on the matter. 
    Cst Khosi Makopa who was deployed at Gudo Police Base arrested Majanyana of Majanyana Village, Chief Gudo on allegations of raping Tengesai Dhamu of Zungudza Village, under same chief.
    After the arrest, Makopa released Majanyana without taking him to court and as a result he fled to South. 
    The Mirror understands from the documents that Zuyu then filed a complaint with Magwenzi after noting the illegal release of the suspect.
    Documents show that Magwenzi wrote a letter and thanked the Senior Magistrate for standing against crime. He also agreed that the matter was not held professionally and disciplinary action was being taken against Makopa.
    "I totally agree with you that the matter was not professionally investigated and we are taking disciplinary action against the errant member. I would like to thank you for your courage in reporting such matters," reads part of Magwenzi`s letter. 
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