Woman sells non-ex­is­tent stand

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma Court Re­porter

A WOMAN from Bu­l­awayo has been ar­raigned for al­legedly sell­ing a non-ex­is­tent res­i­den­tial stand to her neigh­bour.

Nobuhle Dzana (41) of Cow­dray Park sub­urb ap­peared be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Ms Nyaradzo Ringi­sai charged with fraud.

She pleaded guilty and was re­manded out of cus­tody on $100 bail.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Ste­wart Mad­zore told the court that some­time in 2014, Dzana promised to help her neigh­bour Ms Sen­zeni Masina, a Townsend High School care­taker, ac­quire a res­i­den­tial stand with­out pay­ing the full amount.

She al­legedly told her that she was well con­nected with peo­ple from the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil and had helped a lot of peo­ple to ac­quire res­i­den­tial stands.

“Some­time dur­ing the month of Septem­ber 2014, the com­plainant ap­proached her neigh­bour Martin Moyo in­quir­ing about the process of ob­tain­ing a Garikai/ Hlalani Kuhle res­i­den­tial stand on a stag­gered pay­ment fa­cil­ity,” said Mr Mad­zore.

He said Moyo di­rected Masina to Dzana, who he said was well versed on how res­i­den­tial stands could be ob­tained.

Mr Mad­zore said Masina was told to pay $800 and gave Dzana $500 in Moyo’s pres­ence.

He said Masina was given an of­fer let­ter which Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil of­fi­cials in Cow­dray Park said was a coun­ter­feit.

Dur­ing trial, Dzana im­pli­cated some city coun­cil of­fi­cials whom she said she worked with to get peo­ple to pay for stands.

She told the court that the $500 that she ob­tained from Masina was meant to be a bribe for one Njab­ulo Sibanda from BCC.

“I told her that Njab­ulo Sibanda wanted $800. After I gave him the $500 she had paid, he gave me an of­fer let­ter and I gave it to her. How­ever, she was sup­posed to pay $1600 at the bank, which was the ac­tual pay­ment for the stand. She knew that the $500 was a bribe,” said Dzana.— @andile_t­shuma

Nobuhle Dzana

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