Heckling protestors have disrupted the Motlanthe Commission public hearings at Bulawayo Rainbow hotel.
Proceedings got off to an orderly start but quickly descended into chaos after witness Taurai Kandisha said he saw MDC Alliance supporters taking bronco (an intoxicating illegal cough syrup).
The audience accused him of not being from Bulawayo and became increasingly agitated.
“You want us to sit here and talk about six dead people when we have 40,000 dead from Gukurahundi. To make matters worse, we have to listen to this guy lying in our faces,” one man said.
Heckling ensued as angry members of the public attacked the witness and commission.
Police tried to remove the hecklers as violence erupted.
The hearing was briefly abandoned and riot police were quickly on the scene.
The Commission of Inquiry chaired by former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe was set up by President Emmerson Mnangagwa after soldiers attempting to quell an election protest killed six unarmed civilians in Harare’s central business district.