Cop to pay $5 000 after crashing impounded car

MUTARE - A cop has been ordered to pay $4 960 after he impounded a vehicle for alleged traffic offences before crashing it in a high-speed chase.

Rusape magistrate Shingi Mutiro awarded the compensation to motorist Simba Chikaka.

Titus Matava, a constable at Rusape Police Station impounded Chikaka’s vehicle at a roadblock allegedly over a traffic offence.

The police officer used the vehicle to chase another fleeing motorist.

In the ill-fated chase, the cop was involved in an accident, resulting in Chikaka taking legal action.

The case was pursued by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights’ Peggy Tavazadza, who sued Matava and the Home Affairs ministry.

Cases of police officers being sued in their individual capacity have been on the increase since the adoption the 2013 Constitution, that makes cops liable for their actions instead of the Zimbabwe Republic Police as an organisation.

Comments (4)

yaa these traffic police officers should face the music,they should be fired and the vehicle replaced .or should be charged in terms of the law,like driving one,s car without permision

rashas rashas - 11 January 2017

This motor vehicle impounded for alleged traffic offences was clearly private property and how this "trigger-happy" cop thought he could utilise it to perpetuate his policing duties with abandon boggles the mind.

Reason Manyanga - 11 January 2017

Hollywood style....."police business, I need your vehicle" lol He watches too many movies, now putting it in practice, hahaha, wrong move, now he must pay.

Den - 11 January 2017

the compensation is too little!this cop drove your car without authority and was supposed to face the musik for that.If this car had been impounded it was supposed to be towed not being driven by this officer.During the process of this unlawful driving he might have stolen your property in the car.Did he have a licence in the first place.This habit of impounding and driving cars is not provided for anywhere.Thats illegal.Check for your cash that you left inside the car whether its still there?He should pay more than $5000 my friend!

chokwadi - 12 January 2017

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