By Staff Reporter
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has confirmed the arrest of 40-year-old son of former minister Paddy Zhanda who was filmed flogging three farm workers, including two women accusing them of stealing.
In a video that has since gone viral Paddy Zhanda Jnr is seen flogging two women who were pleading for mercy and one man accusing them of theft.
He was charged with three counts of assault on Monday and made an initial court appearance at the Harare Magistrates Court after the three workers filed complaints over the January 26 incident.
“The ZRP confirms that Paddy Zhanda, 40, has been arrested and appeared in court today facing three counts of assault,” national police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said in a statement.
Nyathi said the three workers Dickson Nyatadzi, 34, Nyasha Salamani, 30, and Loveness Madziva, 29, had also been arrested after Zhanda accused them of stealing 150kg of potatoes from the farm.
“Employers are warned against taking the law into their own hands when workers commit crime,” Nyathi added.
Paddy Zhanda Jnr, whose namesake father was once agriculture minister, is out on bail awaiting trial.