Vendor in trouble for assaulting municipal cop

Victor Maphosa Herald Reporter
A Harare woman yesterday appeared in court for allegedly assaulting a Harare municipal police officer during the City of Harare’s Operation Restore Sanity.

Babra Jinja (37) appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing assault charges.

She was remanded in custody to January 16.

Prosecutor Linda Gadzikwa alleged that sometime in December last year, Tapiwa Magaya, who is employed by Harare Municipality Police, was patrolling the Central Business District (CBD) when he came across Jinja, a vendor.

It is alleged that Magaya approached Jinja with the intention of arresting her for vending in an undesignated area.

The court heard that Jinja resisted the arrest and in the ensuing melee, she picked up a big stone, which she used to hit Magaya on his right eye.

She tried to rally other vendors to help her beat up Magaya.

Alert police officers who were nearby managed to rescue the besieged municipal officer, who was later rushed to hospital, where he is still admitted.

A complaint was lodged with the police, leading to Jinja’s arrest.


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  • Ray Mbada

    Vendors are not certain on what they are supposed to do and when to do it. When they are being addressed by their associations they are informed to resist arrest. Sometimes due to infidelity and corrupt tendencies portrayed by these officers, vendors become suspicious and resistant because all they have experienced in more than half the arrests is harassment and extortion where the state has not benefited hence it’s the duty of the same officers to demand respect by way shunning corruption.

  • Farther

    Late last year I saw a video on facebook that showed a male vendor hitting an man/official close range with a stone. It still bothers me. I hope the vendor was caught.