‘Armed Robber’ Killed By Police Was A Mere Tout

The relatives of a Beitbridge man who was shot dead by a member of the security forces on an operation in the border town want to be compensated for the unlawful killing.


Abel Gumbo was killed in Lutumba at dawn on 27 March soon after he had helped a woman offload her cabbages off a South Africa bound truck.


His family said that he was not a robber as police claimed, but just a mere tout at a bus terminus. They want the officer who shot him charged with murder.

They said he only took to his heels thinking they were on a mission to enforce COVID-19 regulations and he was not putting on a face mask as per regulations.


However, the police claimed Gumbo was on the wanted list for a spate of armed robberies and fled when they took him by surprise.

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said relatives should take their case to the head of Beitbridge police Chief Superintendent Tichaona Nyongo.

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