Villagers in Nhwali Gwanda South say they are living in fear as mugging and robbery cases have continued to go on unabated with perpetrators of the criminal activities allegedly still walking scot free.

Nhwali rural area appears peaceful by the day but villagers there say when night falls the community is gripped with fear as robbing and muggings have become prevalent.

The villagers say the criminals target those suspected to have money who are then waylaid and robbed of their possessions.

Among those who have fallen victim to the thugs is the headmaster of Nhwali Primary School, Mr Kotsho Nare who eventually lost an eye due to the attacks and a senior teacher at Zenya Primary School Mr Mthulisi Dube who says he ruptured a kidney during the attack.

The victims recounted their gory experiences and have called for more to be done to stop the crimes.

Villagers who spoke to the ZBC News allege despite the cases being reported to the police it appears there are never solved as the crime rate continues to rise.

They also pleaded to have an increase in police presence in the area.

Sentiments abound that perpetrators of the criminal activities skip the country to neighbouring states after committing the offences and return home once the dust has settled.

Meanwhile, police in Matabeleland South recently banned the carrying of dangerous weapons in public spaces for three months as these are used to commit serious crimes such as robbery, assault and unlawful entry.