Duo arrested for cattle theft denied bail
TWO suspects on Wednesday appeared before the magistrate’s court after they were arrested and charged for the theft of three cattle.
Vusi Mangwe (39) of Ngcina and Almond Matsaba (35) of Mhlumeni were said to have stolen three cattle totaling to the value of E16 500. During their appearance before court, the accused elected to conduct their own defense. The accused persons’ application for bail was opposed as the Crown stated that further investigations were underway.
Meanwhile, Benice Manjomo (34) of Malawi was charged with contravening section 10 of the theft of motor vehicle Act 16 of 1991. He was said to have wrongfully and unlawfully driven a motor vehicle, an Isuzu truck bearing a false registration plate while at Mhlumeni Border Gate.
He pleaded guilty to the charge while conducting his own defence in the matter. His plea was also accepted by the Crown without leading evidence to prove commission of the offence. During mitigation, Manjomo told the court that the vehicle actually belonged to him. He said he was transporting goods to Malawi when he was arrested at the border gate. He was accordingly found guilty by the court and was sentenced to 12 months in a correctional facility with an option to pay E2 000 fine.