Crimes of pas­sion worry Mata­bele­land South el­ders

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/feature - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

COM­MU­NITY lead­ers in Bulil­ima Dis­trict have called for heavy po­lice pres­ence in their ar­eas to help re­duce crime.

Speak­ing dur­ing a po­lice cam­paign against vi­o­lent crimes, Bulil­ima Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil coun­cil­lor for Ndol­wane area, Mr Ian Mati­waza, said the dis­trict needed more po­lice bases.

‘’One of the rea­sons why we have many vi­o­lent crimes is be­cause po­lice bases are lo­cated far. You find sev­eral wards re­ly­ing on one po­lice base.

“Crim­i­nals take ad­van­tage know­ing that vil­lagers will take long to re­port crimes be­cause of the dis­tances. If po­lice bases are close to peo­ple then po­lice will be vis­i­ble and this will help fight crime,” he said.

Malan­swazi Ward coun­cil­lor Mr Mt­shu­mayeli Ndlovu said in the mean­time po­lice can help by con­duct­ing reg­u­lar pa­trols within com­mu­ni­ties as there was lim­ited po­lice pres­ence in re­mote parts of the dis­trict.

Mr Ndlovu said a heavy po­lice pres­ence can help in fight­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mata­bele­land South po­lice Pro­vin­cial Crim­i­nal In­tel­li­gence Of­fi­cer, Su­per­in­ten­dent Won­der Mavudzi, said the cam­paign had been launched in or­der to mit­i­gate crimes of pas­sion (crimes com­mit­ted due to sud­den anger or heart­break, with­out pre­med­i­ta­tion or con­tem­pla­tion).

He said po­lice were try­ing to in­cor­po­rate com­mu­nity lead­ers in com­bat­ing the crimes.

“Most cases of pas­sion killing oc­cur as a re­sult of jeal­ousy by a lover. Some of these mis­un­der­stand­ings can how­ever, be re­solved at com­mu­nity level through help from tra­di­tional lead­ers and coun­cil­lors.

“We have dif­fer­ent units that deal with those is­sues such as the courts and the Vic­tim Friendly Unit but com­mu­nity lead­ers play a cru­cial role as well,” Supt Mavudzi said.— @DubeMatutu.

Dr Gat­sha Mazithulela

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