Minister Manhandles Cop

Thokozani Khupe, number two in pro-democracy Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party, was stopped by police last weekend in the rural midlands as she drove at the head of an official convoy to a party rally, the state-controlled daily Herald said.
The officer in charge of the roadblock demanded to search all the vehicles in the convoy, but Khupe’s driver said he was carrying one of the most senior officials in the government, and should be allowed to pass without interference.
When the officer stood his ground, the tall and powerfully-built Khupe stepped out of her car, grabbed the policeman by his collar and pulled him to the vehicle where she put her hands around his throat and threatened to choke him, the Herald said.
The motorcade roared on after Khupe had taken down the officer’s details. A police spokesman, Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena, said: “I can confirm the incident did occur, and that we are looking into it.”
Observers say that police, under President Robert Mugabe’s control, have a penchant for harassing officials of Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, which became a partner in the inclusive government 20 months ago. – Sapa-dpa