|'Corrupt system' breeds instant justice|
|Thursday, 14 June 2012 15:59|
Corruption within the Justice delivery system has been cited as the major factor which is driving people to mete instant justice on alleged perpetrators of crime.
People who spoke to ZBC News said the increasing cases of alleged perpetrators of crime who are being beaten to death is an indication that the public is frustrated by corruption within the judiciary system.
They said known criminals are being cleared clandestinely by the courts and are coming back to terrorise the people.
Responding to the allegations, Deputy Secretary of the Judiciary Service Commission, Mr. Rex Shana said the judiciary system considers evidence brought before the courts, adding that people are convicted based on whether there is reasonable suspicion that they have committed an offence.
On Monday, a man from Old Tafara was killed by an angry mob after being suspected of stealing a television set while another suspected thief was also killed in Hatfield over the weekend.
Meanwhile, police spokesperson, Superintendent Andrew Phiri warned people against taking the law into their own hands.
“All suspects must be handed over to the police and people must not take the law into their hands. We are worried about such cases and as police will not relax and watch people engage in lawlessness,” said Superintendent Phiri.
Experts say police themselves have not demonstrated expertise in handling some crimes resulting in many criminals being released by the courts on technicalities.