Cop in court for driving through red robot, wearing army uniform


A POLICE officer based at Mzilikazi Police Station allegedly drove through a red traffic light, while wearing army regalia.


Samson Nyasha Masati (24) pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate, Tawanda Muchemwa and was remanded out of custody to December 12.

The court was told that Masati, who resides at Ross Camp in Bulawayo, was driving a Mazda Demio along 9th Avenue on May 20 this year when he drove through a red traffic light at the intersection of Fort Street before parking close to a fast-food outlet.

Police Assistant Commissioner Christopher Gora, who was driving behind him, witnessed the incident and arrested the accused for careless driving.

It is the State’s case that when he was asked to produce a driver’s licence, he failed.

Masati, who was wearing military fatigue, was later handed over to an Assistant Inspector Madhume and a Sergeant Mhlanga of Bulawayo Central Traffic police.

He was then taken to Bulawayo Central Traffic Police, where further investigations were conducted and it was discovered that he had no licence.

The army uniform was confiscated.


  1. did the assistant comissioner also went through the red robot, how did he catch up with him if he stopped or he oversped???????

  2. The bottom line is these guys can put on the army uniform if they want to brutalise the civilians ,especially opposition supporters to avoid being identified.They always exchange their uniforms whenever they want to carry out their heinous acts of barbarism especially when it is election time.There has been quite a number of incidents when people complain of being beaten by army personnel during election and when people are demonstrating so to avoid being identified they wear the army regalia.To me this is a very serious offence which warrants imprisonment and dismissal.

    • A police officer can put on army uniform if it is properly issued at the police ordnance stores for special use like armed patrols in border areas or during counter insurgency operations, or during counter-insurgency training. However, that uniform cannot be used be used willy-nilly.

  3. Janana siya nhema. Gora dont say most coz u only knw a few, Machaka and Willard moziva zvamurikutaura imi ndimi chaivo

  4. Haa zvekupinda mared robots hazvina kana basa , mapurisa cant prove that kucourt. they must put cameras kuti zvisa netse, mari dzese dzavari kuba paroad dai vatoo nemacamera so

  5. In any case the police have done their duty by arresting him. What is disturbing is that he can squire army uniform but not a drivers licence and failure by police not train their officers to drive

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