Zim police mum on illegal renditions

HARARE - Zimbabwean police have refused to state what action they took against officers who were suspected to have murdered local criminals deported from South Africa.

A top policeman in SA Anwar Dramat has been suspended pending the outcome of investigations over allegations that he was involved in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans.

The Zimbabwean suspects were apprehended in 2011 by the now under-fire South African police and illegally handed over to the Zimbabwe authorities for allegedly shooting and killing a local police chief superintendent in 2010.

Two of the Zimbabwean suspects were allegedly killed while in the custody of Zimbabwean police, while one is said to have disappeared without a trace. Another was said to have been tortured, according to SA press reports.

The suspects were reportedly deported through the Beitbridge border post using forged deportation papers.

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba declined to comment on the matter.

“I told you I am not going to comment on that, you can write anything you want,” Charamba told the Daily News.

“We can argue but I am not going to give you a comment. I am advising you to get a comment from the South African police, I was not even around between 2009 to 2012. Call the South African police.”

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), a rights advocacy group, has accused the local police of deliberately killing criminal suspects in custody.

The lawyers have handled several cases where they said there had been a pattern in the way the killings had been conducted.

Kumbirai Mafunda, ZLHR spokesperson, said it was worrying.

“As ZLHR we have been inundated with several requests from relatives of victims of police brutality who have approached us seeking assistance. It is worrying that police cells are turning into death pits,” Mafunda said.

SA’s Werksmans Attoneys last month produced a report recommending that SA police watchdog head Robert McBride also be criminally charged for allegedly tampering with evidence implicating top Hawks bosses Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya in the rendition scandal. This report had been done under the instruction of the South African minister of Police Nathi Nhleko, who is reported to have received it last week.

According to media reports, Nhleko appointed Werksmans to investigate why findings of an Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) probe into police renditions of Zimbabweans were altered radically just days after McBride took over Ipid in March last year.

After the 2010 shooting of ZRP chief superintendent Lawrence Chatikobo, the SA police commissioner-general declared a shoot-to-kill policy on those who kill, kidnap or attempt to run over police officers.

During the first operation, Dumisani Witness Ndeya, Nelson Ndlovu, Maqhawe Sibanda and Shepherd Tshuma were arrested in Diepsloot and detained in Soweto. Sibanda and Ndeya were handed over to the Zimbabwe police while the others were released.

Sibanda was later released after allegedly being tortured while Ndeya died in custody.

During the second operation, Prichard Tshuma was arrested in Diepsloot. Tshuma was never seen again after being handed over to the Zimbabwean police. It is presumed he died under police custody.

Another suspect, Gordon Dube was shot and injured during his arrest. The South African police also retrieved a gun that is believed to have been used in the robbery in Bulawayo, which resulted in the death of the police superintendent. Dube was transported to Beitbridge and he never returned to South Africa.

Comments (18)

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chiremb - 14 May 2015

This rendition thing is boring now. What was so special with these criminals? Why are people not called to task about the political killings which happened that time of elections? Hands up all those who did this rendition. This is what must be done to all the criminals who jump the boarder and go and tarnish our image in South Africa. This is why killings are never gona stop also in South Africa because those murderers are always having groups of people who will jump to side with them

JUZO - 15 May 2015

Indeed Juzo, renditions have some what put a stop on the crossborder patterns of criminals who raid banks and private people in Zimbabwe, then seek to abuse the democratic laws of South Africa to hide from the death penalty here. Armed robbers deserve no mercy and it is my hope that 'reason and justice' prevail here.Send them beck to where they commit heinous offences so they can face their fate--simply and straight forward. They shpould not be alliowed to abuse state laws in pursuit of their criminal careers, bring them back here so they can bury the corpses they left behind during their criminal expeditions.

umsila-opigazi - 15 May 2015

@umsila-opigazi and @juzo why don't you also talk about your Party thugs who are, torturing, murdering, kidnapping, raping innocent Zimbabweans. you refer to " criminals who jump the boarder and go and tarnish our image in South Africa. This is why killings are never gona stop also in South Africa" Do we have any image to tanish I wonder ? Criminals should be arrested, taken to the Court of law and not just be butchered by these so called police.

Referee - 15 May 2015

Nhai referee, ko iwe unobawo urikupiko? Iwe unotaura zve justice yei pavanhu vanouraya/ vanoponda vamwe? Vakazviwana zvavaitsvaka. AN EYE FOR AN EYE.

Gudoguru - 15 May 2015

PART 1 It is well known that the South African and Zimbabwean police are worse than common criminals. These two police forces have for decades been actively involved in criminal enterprises such as smuggling and auto-theft syndicates. Any conceivable criminal act is often committed by these uniformed klutzes. Remember that some ignorant European idiots actually appointed Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri - to head INTERPOL ? ! A culture of impunity, ignorance, crass stupidity and corruption is widespread in Zimbabwean and South African police forces. Cognitive impairment and cover-ups are common among ANC and Zanu pf cadres. Note that Zimbabwe has still not ratified the the UN Convention against Torture despite long standing promises by Chinamasa to do so. There is a low probability of getting the truth from any of the involved officials.

SLOTH ANALYST - 15 May 2015

PART 2 . . Any knowledgeable diplomat, investigator or journalist would initially interrogate high ranking officers such as Detective Inspector Chakaona, Stephen Mutamba , Apollonia Munzverengwi, Faustino Mazango, Luckson Mukazhi, Innocent Matibiri, Oliver Chibage - Snr Asst Comm , Levy Sibanda, Zondai Nyatsanza - Superintendent , Leedick Muchemwa , Canaan Mugumira, Edmore Gochai Veterai, Pius Gore - Detective Inspector , Magwenzi - Chief Superintendent - Mukoko abductors, Silence Pondo - Assistant Commissioner, Josephine Shambare - Officer Commanding Support Unit, Snr Asst Comm, Maria Phiri - Detective Assistant Inspector , Nhau - Assistant Commissioner , Godfrey Mubaiwa, Angeline Guvamombe - Assistant Commissioner, Chrsipen Makedenge, Emmanuel Shiku - Senior Assistant Commissioner, Nveremwe - Ass Com - Cop, Thomson Jangara - Police Assistant Commissioner , Bothwell Mugariri - Senior Assistant Commissioner, Frank Mutengwa, Mbeko Kunene - Chief Supt , Oliver Mandipaka, Obert Benge - Manicaland, Fortune Zengeni - Snr Asst Comm, Frank Msutu, Samson Mangoma - Assistant Commissioner, Shepherd Chiwoko, G. Gwangwava - Chief , Mekia Tanyanyiwa, Rangarirai Mushaurwa - Mashonaland East Province, Godwin Matanga, Wayne Bundzijena - Assistant Commissioner, Henry Sostane Dowa, Chrispen Makedenge, Joseph Nemaisa - Detective Assistant Inspector, Munorwei Matutu - Snr Asst Comm, Muhuya - Detective Constable.

SLOTH ANALYST - 15 May 2015

PART 3 . . . . . . .Other in the know officials that could assist with the enquiries would be Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, Michael Reza, Kembo Mohadi, Sithokozile Mathuthu, Stuart Comberbach, Happyton Bonyongwe, Washington Chimboza, Chris Mutangadura . Alexander Kanengoni, Andrew Muzonzini - (CIO), Sydney Nyanungo, Dennis Chitsaka Jeffrey Tabva, Laurence Kamwi, Lindiwe Sadza, Nelson Mutsonziwa, Nyikadzino Mutati, Prince Machaya.

SLOTH ANALYST - 15 May 2015

Go on SLOTH ANALYST...jot their names down. We will need this list...soon. Remember to include the one and only RGM

Garikayi - 15 May 2015

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reporter - 17 May 2015

Zim needs to answer to the rendition case. Those arrested and deported were never afforded due process and were murdered without any proof of such,....the evidence was never tested in a court of law. charity charamba is dodging the bullet, she should make an effort to give us answers. Police in zim are just a bunch of puppets kissing zhanu's a$$$ and singing for their supper.....kare haagare ari kare zvichapera!

obama4ever - 19 May 2015

Zim needs to answer to the rendition case. Those arrested and deported were never afforded due process and were murdered without any proof of such,....the evidence was never tested in a court of law. charity charamba is dodging the bullet, she should make an effort to give us answers. Police in zim are just a bunch of puppets kissing zhanu's a$$$ and singing for their supper.....kare haagare ari kare zvichapera!

obama4ever - 19 May 2015

Zim needs to answer to the rendition case. Those arrested and deported were never afforded due process and were murdered without any proof of such,....the evidence was never tested in a court of law. charity charamba is dodging the bullet, she should make an effort to give us answers. Police in zim are just a bunch of puppets kissing zhanu's a$$$ and singing for their supper.....kare haagare ari kare zvichapera!

obama4ever - 19 May 2015

Zim needs to answer to the rendition case. Those arrested and deported were never afforded due process and were murdered without any proof of such,....the evidence was never tested in a court of law. charity charamba is dodging the bullet, she should make an effort to give us answers. Police in zim are just a bunch of puppets kissing zhanu's a$$$ and singing for their supper.....kare haagare ari kare zvichapera!

obama4ever - 19 May 2015

Zim needs to answer to the rendition case. Those arrested and deported were never afforded due process and were murdered without any proof of such,....the evidence was never tested in a court of law. charity charamba is dodging the bullet, she should make an effort to give us answers. Police in zim are just a bunch of puppets kissing zhanu's a$$$ and singing for their supper.....kare haagare ari kare zvichapera!

obama4ever - 19 May 2015

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