Police brutality: Victim dies in prison custody


ONE of the 11 vendors who were assaulted by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) near MDC Headquarters, Hilton Tafadzwa Tamangani, has died in prison custody.

Police raided Robinson House where they recovered 256 anti riot police helmets and at the same time assaulted 11 vendors.

This comes as the court is yet to give a ruling on the vendors bail application.

Tamangani’s lawyers had requested that their client seek medical attention from a private doctor of his hoice and that he was ready to pay for the medical costs.

In a letter, dated 18 October 2019 and addressed to the Officer in Charge, Harare Remand Prison, Tamangani’s lawyers said their client had notified them that he had “developed a fatal infection.

Our client has advised us that he has developed a fatal infection whilst being medically attended to in your premises… we are approaching your office to request that our client be attended to by a private doctor of his choice. Our client takes to pay the requisite costs,” reads the letter.

Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said he was not aware that the vendor died in custody.

“I am not aware of such a report. I have to find out,” Nyathi said.

Meanwhile on Saturday morning there were reports of running battles at the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai house as the vendors were agitated by the news of the passing on of Tamangani.

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  1. So who is then answerable to the fate that had fallen this vendor? or it will be another August 6 predicament where police will harass and murder yet no one will be held accountable.

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