2 teens steal, eat neigh­bour’s don­key

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube- Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

TWO Mangwe teenagers stole a neigh­bour’s don­key, slaugh­tered it and went on to eat the meat, a court has heard.

Njabulo Maphosa (19) and Hloniphani Mpofu (18) both of May­obodo area told Plumtree mag­is­trate Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa that they re­sorted to eat­ing the don­key meat as they were hun­gry.

They both pleaded guilty to stock­theft charges. They were each sen­tenced to 12 months im­pris­on­ment and six months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that they do not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence in the next five years.

Six months were fur­ther sus­pended on con­di­tion that they each per­form 210 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice at Mathokonyika Pri­mary School.

“We stole the don­key Your Wor­ship as we wanted to eat it. We killed it and cooked the in­testines which we then ate in the bushes.

“We hid the meat in a bushy area and we were set to col­lect it the fol­low­ing day but we were ar­rested be­fore we could do that. I beg your par­don Your Wor­ship but we were des­per­ate for food,’’ said Maphosa.

Mpofu said he was un­em­ployed and it was not the first time that they had eaten don­key meat.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mrs Rose Sibanda said the two teenagers stole a don­key be­long­ing to Mr Austin Ncube on Oc­to­ber 14.

She said they slaugh­tered it and ate the meat.

“Maphosa and Mpofu took the meat and cooked some of it and left some of the meat hid­den in the bushes.

“The mat­ter came to light after a vil­lager, Mr Al­fred Ny­athi, saw vul­tures fly­ing around.

“He went to in­spect and found the car­cass of a don­key hid­den in the bushes,’’ she said. — @DubeMatutu.

Traf­fic po­lice at a road­block along Khami Road in Bu­l­awayo check if kom­bis com­ply with the car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of 14 pas­sen­gers as op­posed to 18 the op­er­a­tors pre­fer

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