Healer turned informer seeks damages for injury in cops shoot out drama
A traditional doctor’s plot to net a P20 000 police reward by helping the cops arrest a wanted armed robber has backfired and left him injured and suing.
Forward Fox, 33, launched his P5 million lawsuit against the police four years ago after his thighbone was shattered by a single gunshot in a police ambush that went terribly wrong.
Speaking from his home in Mmadinare where he still practices as a traditional doctor Fox said: “The wanted man had come to my place to seek fortification muti to help him win his robbery case. But I had already heard that he was wanted so I told him to come back the following day, and in the mean time went to tip off the police.”
When the police arrived the following day, Fox was sitting next to the wanted man in the consultation room waiting for officers to pounce, but things didn’t go according to plan.
“Everything happened so swiftly and before I knew it I was lying on the ground with blood gushing out from a broken leg. A police officer had fired but missed his target and hit me with the bullet instead. The suspect then managed to sneak out and outsmart the officers who gave chase. I’ve not heard of the man since then.”
Police then took Fox to Nyangabwe hospital where he was admitted for a month.
Officer Commanding for the area, Takongwa Mazwiduma was on a border patrol with the police commissioner at press time, but officers investigating the case confirmed the incident. “A reward of P20 000 had been issued for the arrest of the man who had escaped from police custody at the magistrates court.
Fox informed us when he met the suspect and our officers went to his house where the unfortunate incident occurred. Right now the case is still before the courts and we are not at liberty to divulge any further details,” a police officer who declined to be named said, and referred any further enquiries to Mazwiduma.
After he was discharged from hospital, Fox engaged the late attorney Phazha Kgalemang of Kgalemang and Associates to sue the state. “I had suffered permanent disability and I wanted to sue the state for P5 million. The Attorney General told us that the state could only negotiate up to P80 000, but we declined the offer and decided to take the matter to court.”
After the death of Kgalemang, Fox engaged Thamsanqa Silitshena of Thami Silitshena attorneys to represent him. Silitshena has since left the case due to ill-health and Fox has now engaged KK Sechele Attorneys in Francistown to take up the case.