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Mthwakazi Human Rights donates to victims of police brutality and torture

01 Jun 2020 at 15:46hrs | Views
The 1893 Mthwakazi Human Rights Restoration Movement on 24 May gave a donation of groceries to two victims of brutality and torture by the Zimbabwean security agents in Cowdrypark,  Bulawayo on the 16th of April 2020. The grocery donation which included food and domestic consumables valued over thirteen thousand local dollars was handed to the ladies by the organisation's Deputy Executive Director Mr Greater Sibanda.

 In a short introduction of the organisation he was representing, Mr Greater Sibanda said the 1893 Mthwakazi Human Rights Restoration Movement was formed with the mind and agenda of preserving the Cultural heritage and identity of the people of the MaNdebeleland. He said his organistion condemned in strongest terms the use of violence on the people especially women. "At a time when voices are loud in speaking out against Gender Based Violence ,it is unforgivable that perpetrators be found amongst law enforcement officers" he said.He also added "We as 1893 Mthwakazi Restoration of Human rights are deeply concerned by the manner in which the outside world is silent on matters affecting the people of MaNdebeleland. The silence is deafening, we thought they had mended their ways from their silence on Gukurahundi, but here we are, women of this region were brutally assaulted in broad day light and they all went mute, a couple of days later some women in Mashonaland are abducted and there was International outcry! The people of this region must therefore establish that they are alone and no one will fix their problems for them. They have to stand up and solve their own issues".
Nokuthula Mpofu (37) and Ntombizodwa Mpofu (30) of 8638 Cowdry park are sisters who sustained serious injuries and possible permanent psychological scars in what shocked the nation to be a serious rundown of abuse of power in the alleged hate crime. Ntombizodwa in sharing with Mr Sibanda her ordeal said some of her injuries caused damage to her womb and her General Practitioner feared she may never bear children.

"My heart breaks every time I think over what those policemen did to me, ive asked myself many times what it is that I did in this world to deserve such dehumanizing treatment. They hurled abusive words at me and my young sister, called us "useless bitches", good for nothing drunks and fumed that we Ndebeles are a silly lot. One of the police officers even exclaimed that they didn't make the trip all the way from Harare to play games with the Ndebele." Said a teary Nokuthula as she showed her scars and medical reports.

On receiving the groceries, the two ladies took the opportunity to extend their gratitude to Mr Sibanda and the 1893 Mthwakazi Human Rights Restoration Movement for their kindness and generosity. They also extended their special thanks to some individuals and organizations who have all come in to help in their legal representation, medical attention and general welfare.

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