Jour­nal­ist ‘basher’ in court

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

A PUMULA South man who al­legedly at­tacked and robbed a Sun­day News reporter on his way from work leav­ing him un­con­scious has ap­peared in court.

Hand­some Zulu robbed Du­misani Nsingo of a Sam­sung cell­phone, $30 and a pa­per bag with bread and chips.

Zulu pleaded not a rob­bery charge.

He told the court that he was given the cell phone by one Ti­nashe Siz­iba who asked him to sell it.

“I didn’t steal the cell phone. Ti­nashe Siz­iba gave me the phone ask­ing me to sell it on his guilty to be­half and I did so,” said Zulu. The court heard that Siz­iba was re­cently con­victed of mur­der and is in jail. Western Com­mon­age Mag­is­trate Mr Steven Ndhlovu re­manded Zulu in cus­tody to next week Thurs­day for trial. Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Ma­gret Takawira said Zulu at­tacked Nsingo on April 16 at around 10PM. “The com­plainant dis­em­barked from a taxi near Godl­wayo Pri­mary School. Ac­cused per­son ap­peared from the op­po­site di­rec­tion and hit him with a stone on the head. “He fell un­con­scious. Ac­cused took his cell phone, wal­let that con­tained cash and a na­tional iden­tity card,” said Ms Takawira. She said Nsingo re­gained con­scious­ness and went to re­port the mat­ter at Pumula po­lice sta­tion. “Po­lice ar­rested one Xolani Dube who was found in pos­ses­sion of the stolen phone on June 19. “When Dube was in­ter­viewed he told the po­lice that he had bought the cell­phone from Zulu lead­ing to his ar­rest on Au­gust 11,” she said. In his state­ment to the po­lice, Nsingo said he re­gained con­scious­ness around 1AM the next day and sought as­sis­tance at a house close by. “The man I found at that house ac­com­pa­nied me to the po­lice sta­tion. I fell un­con­scious again when I got there. I re­gained my con­scious­ness at the hos­pi­tal. “The po­lice called me on June 20 ask­ing me to go to the sta­tion to iden­tify my phone,” reads the state­ment. — @tan­nytkay

A mo­torist re­fu­els at a dealer along Nketa Drive in Nketa re­cently. De­spite the danger posed to prop­erty by keep­ing drums of fuel in­side houses, some peo­ple con­tinue do­ing so

Hand­some Zulu

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