BY SILISIWE MABALEKA
BULAWAYO residents are up in arms with the judiciary over the discharge of three policemen arrested lately whereas stealing copper cables in Pumula.
The officers had been granted $25 000 bail every.
However Pumula residents really feel betrayed by the courts as a result of law enforcement officials are imagined to be exemplary. They’re imagined to arrest criminals.
The three cops have been recognized as Tapiwa Taruberekera (39), Rodrick Tauyanago (34) and Kudzai Wemba (33). They’re all stationed at Pumula Police Station.
They appeared earlier than Western Commonage resident Justice of the Peace Shepherd Mjanja going through prices of contravening part 60A(3)(a)(b) of the Electrical energy Act (slicing, damaging, destroying or interfering with copper cables for producing, transmitting, distributing or supplying electrical energy).
Mjaja denied them $25 000 bail every and so they appealed to the Excessive Courtroom the place they had been launched on bail.
The three cops allegedly stole 34 metres of Zesa overhead cables, 2,5mm copper cables and 76 metres of gauge single core cables valued at US$7 000.
Following their launch on bail, Pumula resident Nomzamo Ndlela mentioned the three officers had been criminals who shouldn’t be granted bail.
“These three officers are legislation enforcers who mustn’t have been discovered on the unsuitable aspect of legislation. They need to rot in jail due to the ache they precipitated the group. They’re masterminds in stealing copper cables. The truth that they had been granted bail makes the problem seem like a light-weight offence,” Ndlela mentioned.
One other Pumula East resident Martin Ngozo mentioned: “We’re saddened by the copper cable theft crime dedicated by the police in our group. Now we have been following the problem, and it saddens us that the cops usually are not behind bars. The legislation ought to be powerful on them.”
Bulawayo Progressive Residents Affiliation (BPRA) govt secretary for administration, Thembelani Dube, mentioned: “As BPRA, we’re carefully following and monitoring the developments relating to the Pumula East electrical energy cable theft case. Within the new dispensation of the brand new republic all residents should be equal earlier than the Zimbabwean
The lawyer representing the accused, Takunda Chapisa mentioned: “The difficulty of bail should not be misconceived. It doesn’t imply that the accused have gone scot free. Bail is a constitutional proper in part 50, which states that everybody is entitled to bail until there are compelling causes.”
Chapisa mentioned a few of the compelling causes stipulated within the Prison Process and Proof Act embrace the probability of absconding trial and interfering with witnesses and investigations.
He mentioned the cops had been granted bail on the Excessive Courtroom after the Justice of the Peace had denied them.