‘Tobva Tadii Paya’ boys who gang-rɑpǝd pr0stitutǝs in 2017 mobbed by members of the public


THREE artisanal miners, whose video clip went viral on several social media platforms in 2017 confessing to gang rɑp!ng ƨǝx workers after being pummelled in a mob attack, have been released from prison.

The rɑp!st trio, known as the “Tobva tadii paya” gang due to the repeated use of the phrase by then 18-year-old Romeo Chirara, sent social media into frenzy during their narration of how they gang rɑpǝd the ƨǝx workers.

A new video clip was posted on social media of Romeo and Thabani Gaza (arrested at 20), being mobbed by members of the public and treated as celebrities, with Romeo, who is now 23, repeating the 2017 line “tobva tadii paya”.

Several people mobbing the gang in the trending video chanted “tobva tadii paya” in the five-second clip.

The three, among them Admire Chirongoma, who was 18 then, were tried and convicted of rɑpǝ by a Chinhoyi regional magistrate and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment each in 2018.

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Three years were suspended, leaving them to serve seven years, while a 16-year-old, who was also part of the gang was sentenced to three years at Kadoma Probation Centre.

Charges against the four arose on July 4, 2017, when they armed themselves with machetes and knives and rɑpǝd ƨǝx workers in their rooms at Mugwanya Compound in Battlefieds.

In mitigation, the four pleaded with the magistrate saying they wanted to go back to school. The gang also faced six other counts, which were not considered during their trial because the complainants did not attend court.

Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service said they would issue a statement on the release of the gang today.

— HMetro

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