The video in question has led to worldwide condemnation of Zimbabwe’s security sector operations which are in total violation of human rights.
Addressing journalists in the capital, assistant commissioner Charity Charamba said they had conducted investigations on the video which led to revelations that the video was filmed in 2016.
“We have concluded that the video footage was recorded in 2016 during an operation to curb taunting in Harare, we however condemn brutality on citizens and we have already identified the culprits.” She said.
Turning to the rape allegations, Charamba said they are kindly asking victims to come forward to lodge a complaint with the police so that perpetrators are brought to book.
Charamba encouraged members of the public to report cases of rape through the victim friendly unit, Msasa project and rape clinic.
“The Law is clear, for each and every offence there must be a redress hence our appeal to members of the public to report, only one case of sexual assault has been reported in St Mary’s.” She said.
Charamba said there were about 18 children arrested in Braeside who have since been released in the custody of their parents and guardians.
Msasa project director Netty Musanhu said they are ready to facilitate for women and girls who fell victim during the civil unrest.
Speaking at the same occasion, Adult Rape Clinic representative Rudo Mashingaidze appealed to women and girls to visit their health institution at Parirenyatwa within 72 hours.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s main opposition party DA leader Mmusi Maimane said that the Zimbabwean situation is now a humanitarian crisis.
“Despite concerted pressure from the DA, president Ramaphosa and his government have failed to how leadership and intervene in what has now become a humanitarian crisis. It is vital that stability is restored in Zimbabwe and in the southern African development community (SADC) region.” He said.
The police has advised members of the public to use the following numbers to report on 0242703631 0712 800 097.