Woman ‘sells’ non-ex­is­tent stand to neigh­bour

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Andile Tshuma

A BU­L­AWAYO woman (63) has been ar­raigned for al­legedly con­ning her neigh­bour out of $500 af­ter sell­ing her a nonex­is­tent res­i­den­tial stand.

Mag­gie Mpofu of Em­gan­wini sub­urb pleaded not guilty to fraud when she ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu, who re­manded her out of cus­tody to Oc­to­ber 18.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Ken­neth Shava said in May last year, Mpofu promised Ms Si­bongile Matema (36) that she would help her ac­quire a res­i­den­tial stand as she was close friends with a coun­cil­lor. “On May 1, 2015, the com­plainant ap­proached the ac­cused per­son in need of a res­i­den­tial stand. The ac­cused told the com­plainant that it was easy for her to get a stand as she was con­nected to a coun­cil­lor.”

“The ac­cused per­son was given $500 over five months by the com­plainant but noth­ing ma­te­ri­alised from the agree­ment,” said Mr Shava.

The court heard that Ms Matema de­manded re­ceipts of pay­ments from Mpofu, who failed to pro­duce them.

She al­legedly be­came sus­pi­cious and de­manded to be shown the res­i­den­tial stand.

Mpofu, the court heard showed Ms Matema a cor­ner stand in Em­gan­wini and said it was the one she was pay­ing to­wards.

Ms Matema ap­proached the ward coun­cil­lor for ver­i­fi­ca­tion. Said Ms Matema: “I was shocked to dis­cover that all along I had been tricked by Mpofu as there was never a stand for me.”

She took the mat­ter to the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion where Mpofu apol­o­gised and promised to pay back the money.

Mpofu failed to pay and Ms Matema filed a po­lice re­port. — @andile_t­shuma

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