Lumbidzani Dima, columnist
A CAMPAIGN to combat crimes of passion has been launched in Plumtree where the police are working closely with the Bulilima and Mangwe communities to improve the peaceful resolution of disputes and reduce domestic violence.
A crime of passion is a term in criminal law that refers to a crime committed in the “fire of passion” in response to provocation, as opposed to a premeditated or deliberate crime.
Crimes of passion including murder, attempted murder, rape, domestic violence, assault have seen a sharp increase in recent times, according to police.
To curb this, Plumtree Police on Wednesday launched a campaign code titled “#No to Crimes of Passion” at Dingumuzi Stadium in the border town.
Addressing the gathering, the Commanding Officer of Bulilima and Mangwe Districts, Chief Superintendent Mesuli Ncube said that between January and May 2022, crime analysis showed a big jump in terms of crimes of passion , which involve cases of violence.
“Comparing last year and this year, all cases of crimes of passion increased in 2021. There were 11 murder cases, while this year we have 16, an increase of 45%”, a- he declared.
“Last year there were 18 cases of attempted murder and this year 27 converted into an increase of 162%. A total of 168 cases of assault were recorded in the period 2021, so that in 2022, there are 198, an increase of 18%.
“Rape cases increased from 64 to 67, down to 4%. Domestic violence cases increased from 52 to 75, an increase of 44.2%.”
Superintendent Ncube said the sensitive areas were Plumtree town and Madlambuzi area in Bulilima.
“Most of the cases are caused by alcohol, drugs and substance abuse like marijuana and infidelity, rituals like Satanism and false prophecy, poverty, rape and cases of domestic violence “, did he declare.
“Others include leaving children with neighbours, children walking alone in isolated or brushy areas, adult male and female children sharing the same room, elderly people living alone with no one around. takes care of them and children’s exposure to social media.”
Superintendent Ncube urged citizens to participate in community policing as this will help reduce crime in the district. He said they have hired traditionalists, including chiefs as well as church leaders, to help fight the crime, which has claimed many innocent lives.
“As a community, we should strive to identify the purposes and functions of the police as ourselves, in turn, we must feel the the needs and aspirations are ours too,” Superintendent Ncube said.
Chief Tshitshi said the increase in crimes of passion is a clear sign that people have lost their morality and culture. He said to restore ubuntu.
“There is a need to restore our culture and nurture our children in a way that will one day make us proud,” he said.
“It’s a shame and it’s very painful. We have lost ubuntu of which we were proud. We have become more like animals.
“A home used to be the safest space, but these days it’s fathers/uncles/neighbors who are supposed to be trustworthy who abuse children.”
Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Evelyn Ndlovu, in a speech read on her behalf by Matabeleland South Provincial Director of Education, Ms Beatrice Manjere, said:
“The gift of life is lost through petty arguments or misunderstandings emanating from drinking beer, domestic disputes and WhatsApp messages from phones,” she said.
“In most cases of murder, knives and machetes are used to kill and in some cases in full view of children.”
Minister Ndlovu said the crimes of passion were committed by people between the ages of 15 and 40, and most of them, both men and women, were school dropouts.
“Let us try to bring our children to school up to college level no matter what so they can see the flip side,” she said.