A police woman based at Masvingo Central Police Station, Constable Mercy Dzafunwa (26) will on Friday appear in court facing charges of assault and pulling the genitals of a human rights activist. Dzafunwa allegedly assaulted Prosper Tiringindi, a prominent Masvingo human rights activists and also pulled his genitals. The accused and the complainant have been served with summons to appear at Masvingo Provincial Magistrates Court. Meanwhile on Monday (May 9 2016), Tiringindi and Dzafunwa will again be appearing at the courts in a different case emanating from the same incident where Tiringindi is accused of obstructing the course of justice. Tiringindi says in his statement to the Police that on February 25, 2016 and at around 430pm at Pick ‘n’ Pay Supermarket in Masvingo he saw a group of people gathering at the parking lots along Leopold Takawira street.
He proceeded to the gathering to see what was happening and as he drew closer, Dzafunwa who was in civilian attire allegedly charged towards him and pulled his genitals. The accused then took a Police button stick and started to beat his lower limbs several times and she dragged him to a Police vehicle with the help of other Police Officers and drove off to Masvingo Central. Tiringindi is being represented by Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyer Philip Shumba.