Neighbours hail exemplary Zimbabwe security systems
from ODIRILE TOTENG, TINTSWALO BALOYI, ARIMANDO DOMINGOS & ARNOLD MULENGA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – NEIGHBOURING countries have hailed Zimbabwe’s security system after four suspects were arrested in Botswana for allegedly killing an executive of Air Zimbabwe.
Mrs Shingai Dhliwayo was found dead in neighbouring Botswana, with both her hands and legs tied to a tree in a sitting position.
The high profile murder crime sent panic buttons in the entire Southern African Development Community (SADC) region raising fears law enforcement agents would bring the culprits to book.
Residents from neighbouring countries comprising Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia hailed the breakthrough.
“We are all excited and in cloud nine to hear of such a huge breakthrough by the under-paid Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), especially that country’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Homicide squad’s sterling performance in sniffing out would-be-murderers when all hope was lost,” said Botswana national Ofentse Gabonamong.
Gabonamong added, “I’m a Tswana (Botswana) national, but the security systems of Zimbabwe have restored hope, not only for their country alone, but for the rest of the region.”
Another Botswana national, Boitumelo Ramatlhakwane, who spoke to CAJ News Africa in Francistown on Friday, urged the SADC region was a model of security in the entire continent.
“Well, up until this high profile murder breakthrough, I always underestimated the Zimbabwean state security. Each time we spoke about the country with best security in the African continent, my colleagues in South Africa always hailed Zimbabwe,” he said.
“I always objected to their views up until this recent development leading to the arrest of four murder suspects linked to the killing of Air Zimbabwe executive, I now have faith, if such high training of state security throughout the SADC region,” said Ramatlhakwane.
In South Africa, residents in Pretoria and Johannesburg praised their northern neighbour’s law enforcement capabilities insisting such investigative expertise was desperately needed in the country.
“In South Africa we have more than thousands of high profile murder cases that have happened without trace at all,” Kamohelo Letsholonyane said.
He cited the murder of national team and Orlando Pirates goal keeper, Senzo Meyiwa.
“Two years since he was killed, there still is no clue as to if his killers will be tracked,” Letsholonyane said.
“I salute the Zimbabwean police for their capabilities despite numerous stories we read about that country’s economic challenges. It is an amazing story how their security systems remained the best in Africa despite economic challenges over the years.”
Katlego Mmutle of Soweto also praised Zimbabwe’s security personnel.
“The killing of another person is as heinous as devilish development. The manner in which the Zimbabwean police, precisely their detectives instituted their investigations makes all of us feel secure in the region.
“We have too many murders that have happened in South Africa without trace, but with such skillful and committed law enforcement agency, we have trust, hope and assurance of peace and tranquility throughout the SADC region,” Letsholonyane said.
Fellow country Lerato Matlaba said: “I would not mind living in a country (Zimbabwe) where there is poverty but well assured my safety is guaranteed. Zimbabwe’s state security and its policing system give us hope.”
In Lusaka, Zambia, Kennedy Lungu expressed faith in Zimbabwe’s police, military and state security system.
He recalled they arrested some terrorists that were on their way to topple the Equatorial Guinea government in 2004.
“That event, is still fresh in my mind. Zimbabwe’s security system is second to none,” Lungu said.
Carlos Muchanga Maninho of Maputo, Mozambique, said: “Although life was irreplaceable, it is consoling to note the suspects had been arrested. Whether those suspects arrested indeed committed the crime, there is some progress in bringing the killers to book,” he said.
“I’m therefore urging my government (Mozambique) to keep working closely with their Zimbabwean counterparts in every economic and security activity, otherwise dealing with Zimbabwe there is always hope of peace in the entire SADC region,” Maninho said.
Dhliwayo was abducted before she was found dead in Botswana.
Investigators believe the unknown assailants were members of a syndicate that was tempting Zimbabwean businesspeople into Botswana on lucrative business deals only to rob and later kill their victims.
The suspects have been Artwell Ndiweni, Godfrey Mavhurafero, Mgcini Xaba and Dumisani Ncube.
They are said to come from Zimbabwe’s second largest city of Bulawayo.
The suspects have appeared before a local magistrate facing murder and robbery charges.
– CAJ News
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