3 Police Officers Assaulted By Kombi Driver

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A BULAWAYO commuter omnibus driver allegedly assaulted three traffic police officers who were trying to arrest him for dropping passengers at an undesignated area, a magistrate heard yesterday.

Bulawayo magistrate Charity Maphosa heard this when Emmanuel Ncube of Khami Prison area appeared before her facing charges of assaulting or resisting a peace officer.

Ncube pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded out of custody to April 13 for trial.

Prosecuting, Danmore Kasenza said on March 6 shortly after 9AM, a police officer Simbarashe Chifamba, who was accompanied by two constables only identified as Maweni and Mathobela, was on patrol in the city centre.

The three spotted Ncube dropping passengers along Herbert Chitepo Street and immediately jumped into his vehicle.

Kasenza told the court that Ncube saw the police officers getting into his car and sped off, in the process injuring a passenger, Qondani Khumalo who was alighting.

“He drove for about 50m before stopping and assaulting Chifamba. The police officers eventually managed to subdue Ncube and arrested him,” said Kasenza.

In his defence Ncube said he never assaulted the police officers, arguing that when they got into his vehicle he did not know that they were law enforcement agents.

Kasenza insisted that Ncube assaulted the police officers after they had indicated they wanted to arrest him for breaking traffic laws.

The driver’s father, Shadreck Ncube, told the court that he was in the kombi when the alleged assault happened and maintained that his son was innocent.