The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has independently confirmed the arrest of 12 people in connection with the violence at Barbourfields Stadium during a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match between Highlanders and Dynamos.
The event occurred over the weekend, causing the match to be called off with Dynamos leading 2-0.
When furious Highlanders fans threw objects and invaded the pitch in the 38th minute of the match, it resulted in conflicts between fans and police.
The game had to be called off due to safety concerns, and eight people were injured as a result of the incident.
However, they have since received medical treatment and are reported to be in stable condition.
According to Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, a total of 12 suspects have been arrested in connection with the violence at Barbourfields Stadium.
Two suspects were arrested for contravening the Firearms Act, four suspects were nabbed for criminal nuisance and six suspects were apprehended for public violence.
The Police have assured the public that full-scale investigations are underway to account for all suspects involved in the violence.
In a statement, the police said,
UPDATE ON PUBLIC VIOLENCE AT BABOURFIELDS STADIUM
The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms that 12 suspects have been arrested in connection with the public violence which occurred at Babourfields Stadium on 10th September 2023. The breakdown of arrests is as follows:-
Contravening the Firearms Act – Two suspects
Criminal Nuisance – Four suspects
Public Violence – Six suspects
The Zimbabwe Republic Police assures the public that full-scale investigations are in progress to account for all suspects who were involved in the violence.