$13 000 burial so­ci­ety funds ‘dis­ap­pear’ from wardrobe

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

A WOMAN from Pu­mula South sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo ac­cused of steal­ing $13 000 in burial so­ci­ety funds told a mag­is­trate the money “dis­ap­peared” in her wardrobe.

Beatrice Sibanda (48), a burial so­ci­ety trea­surer, ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Nde­bele charged with theft.

She pleaded not guilty and was re­manded out of cus­tody to Oc­to­ber 20.

“I do not know what hap­pened to the money. It was in my wardrobe the last time I checked. I placed it there af­ter our meet­ing. When they came de­mand­ing some of it, I re­alised it was gone. I did not con­vert it to my own use.”

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Ken­neth Shava Abed­nico said Sibanda was en­trusted to keep the burial so­ci­ety funds.

“On an un­known date be­tween Fe­bru­ary 6 and 11, 2016, Sibanda, in vi­o­la­tion of a trust agree­ment which re­quired her to keep cash amount­ing to $13 238 on be­half of Simunye Burial So­ci­ety and re­turn it upon de­mand by Simunye Burial So­ci­ety, con­verted the money to her own use.”

Simunye Burial So­ci­ety’s pres­i­dent Ms Benita Sibanda told the court Sibanda kept the money as the trea­surer of the so­ci­ety.

“We trusted her to keep our money safe as our trea­surer and did not think that she would do this to us,” said the so­ci­ety pres­i­dent.

The court heard that on Fe­bru­ary 2 this year, the money in Sibanda’s pos­ses­sion was counted and amounted to $12 383.

The fol­low­ing day, the mem­bers held an­other meet­ing where sub­scrip­tion pay­ments were made. A to­tal of $341 was handed over to the so­ci­ety trea­surer.

An­other meet­ing was held on Fe­bru­ary 10 where $478 in sub­scrip­tions and $36 in fines was handed over to Sibanda.

Upon de­mand by the burial so­ci­ety, Sibanda al­legedly failed to pro­duce the money.

“The ac­cused per­son failed to avail the money and thus con­verted it to her own use.” — @andile_t­shuma

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