GWERU - Youths aligned to President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party nearly manhandled a female police officer who had allegedly demanded a $20 bribe from the driver of a minibus they were travelling in on Sunday.
The youths were en-route to Bulawayo from the party’s meeting held in Harare last weekend.
After the youths loudly heckled the Gweru traffic police officer only identified as constable Ndlovu, she allegedly defaced President Robert Mugabe’s poster pasted on the minibus, before tearing the driver’s Zanu PF T-shirt, igniting an angry response.
The youths queried the police officer’s audacity to tear off the nonagenarian’s poster, questioning her loyalty to the “commander-in-chief”.
The incident happened close to Gweru Central Police Station and the stand-off brought traffic to a standstill.
The angry mob blocked the traffic police vehicle, hurling insults at Ndlovu, whom they accused of being corrupt before snatching her police hat.
Fearing for her life, the female cop locked herself inside the vehicle before later driving off with the angry youths in hot pursuit.
“Get out of the car; we want to deal with you,” shouted the angry youths.
“You are now used to taking bribes, but today we will teach you a lesson,” yelled another Zanu PF youth.
Some party youths who spoke to the Daily News accused the traffic police officers of siphoning money from motorists.
“In Norton, we were stopped at a suspicious road block that had only two officers with no ‘Police Ahead’ signs,” said one youth.
The Midlands provincial police spokesperson was unreachable for comment.