WATCH: Police beat up Job Sikhala supporters
MDC Alliance vice president Tendai Biti has claimed that members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police this Monday assaulted members of the public who had come to Rotten Row Magistrate Court in solidarity with detained Job Sikhala.
The reports were corroborated by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) which posted on social media suggesting that some of Sikhala’s supporters had already been arrested.
Sikhala was arrested on Friday last week after spending weeks on the run following an indication by police that he was a wanted man.
The Zengeza West legislator was charged with inciting public violence after he had allegedly urged the public to participate in foiled 31 July anti-government protests. He said he was just exercising his constitutional rights. Posting on Twitter, Biti said:
The assault by the Police on citizens who had come to provide solidarity to Job this afternoon is barbaric & uncouth. There is something terribly wrong, terribly fascist, pathological & insecure in a regime that daily brutalizes its citizens. This is now out of hand @PresidencyZA
Some believe the beatings started after the mob began provoking police attempting to storm the courtroom.
If you thought the demonstration today at the Courts to Free Wiwa was genuine, think again! In the clip below the guy in the blue jacket coordinates with the guy in red to start filming the crowd starts to confront the riot police. Poorly acted!!!
— Melody Chakatsva ?? (@MelodyChakatsva) August 24, 2020
His post comes after special envoys of the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa who is also the current chairperson of the African Union have since returned to South Africa having concluded their mission launched after reports of governance and human rights crisis in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwean authorities deny the allegations of human rights violations saying enemies of the state are peddling lies to dirt the image of the government.-Pindula
— ZLHR (@ZLHRLawyers) August 24, 2020