A top female cop, Netsayi Chabata, an Inspector in the Zimbabwe Republic Police was this week convicted of assaulting a fellow female officer who eventually lost a leg as a result of the brutal attack in a fight over a man.
Chabata had been charged of attempted murder but was eventually convicted of a lesser charge of assault.
Regional magistrate Morgan Nemadire ruled that the evidence presented in court could not support a conviction on a charge of attempted murder.
State prosecutor Michael Reza lambasted Chabata during his address in aggravation before sentence, saying the top cop had administered what he called “Sharia law” in Zimbabwe by literally amputating complainant Yeukai Mazhawidza, a fellow policewoman, whom she had allegedly caught red-handed kissing and fondling her husband.
Chabata stabbed Mazhawidza in the right shoulder and right leg with a knife resulting in the amputation of Mazhawidza’s leg.
“The accused person (Chabata) is a police officer of eleven years’ standing in the force who knew what she was supposed to do upon finding her husband being intimate with the complainant,” Reza said. “Instead, when she found them she chose to introduce Sharia law in this country by making the complainant lose her leg.”
Reza called for a stiffer sentence citing that the complainant lost everything and was reduced to a “mere cabbage” as a result of the attack.
“Complainant lost her husband as a result of this case; she lost her job, her leg and her self-esteem.
She cannot even sell tomatoes because she cannot outrun police officers who chase vendors in Harare; she has been reduced to a cabbage. State feels any sentence other than custodial will make a mockery of the justice delivery system.”
Chabata’s lawyer Jonathan Samukange however dismissed the state’s assertion that his client administered “Sharia law” saying the law calls for an eye for an eye which was not what happened in the present case.
Samukange’s comments drew laughter from the members of the public who were following the court proceedings.
“Your Worship if it was Sharia Law the complainant would not have lost a leg but she would have lost that part which was involved in the act.
“In Sharia Law if one removes another person’s body part that same part is removed and in this case the complainant lost her leg.”
Samukange appealed to the court in mitigation to spare Chabata from imprisonment, saying there was a high degree of provocation on her part hence she reacted in an aggressive manner when she found her husband being intimate with Mazhawidza.
According to the evidence led in court, on September 4 last year Chabata was at home waiting for her husband, Richard Chabata, to arrive so that they would proceed to church.
Realising that he had delayed, she decided to go and buy air time in order to phone him whereupon she found him in his car kissing and fondling Mazhawidza.
Commotion broke out and Chabata is said to have taken a knife from the car which she used to stab Mazhawidza.
Chabata will be sentenced on Tuesday following the state’s request to establish from Mazhawidza whether Chabata made any contributions towards her medical bills.