Brian Mteki drags ex-worker to court

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Crime & Courts - Tafadzwa Zi­moyo Se­nior Court Re­porter

ZIM­BABWE African Roots mu­si­cian and sculp­tor Bryn Mteki yes­ter­day dragged his for­mer worker who had threat­ened him with vi­o­lence and dam­aged his su­per­mar­ket.

Mteki was al­legedly threat­ened by Leo Muko­totsi (36), who was ask­ing for his out­stand­ing wage of $270.

Muko­totsi is al­leged to have dam­aged Mteki’s su­per­mar­ket door in the process.

He ap­peared at the Harare Mag­is­trates’ Courts charged with mak­ing threats and ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty.

Muko­totsi was re­manded out of cus­tody on free bail to Jan­uary 24 for trial.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Crispen Chikafu told the court that on Jan­uary 10, Muko­totsi went to Mteki’s su­per­mar­ket to col­lect his salary bal­ance amount­ing to $270 as he had pre­vi­ously worked for him.

Upon ar­rival, he was told that Mteki was busy with other clients and he waited.

Af­ter a few min­utes, Mteki came to where Muko­totsi was and said he should come back an­other day.

This did not go well with Muko­totsi who later be­came vi­o­lent, de­mand­ing his cash.

It is the State’s case that when Mteki no­ticed that the sit­u­a­tion was be­yond his con­trol, he tried to close his shop so as to con­tain the sit­u­a­tion.

In the process, Muko­totsi then used his hands lead­ing to the crack- ing of the door.

Muko­totsi later threat­ened Mteki on sev­eral oc­ca­sions and in­sulted him.

Mteki’s aide, Brian Chimedza re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice lead­ing to Muko­totsi’s ar­rest.

Mean­while, ear­lier this week, Mteki was in court over al­legedly be­ing beaten by his em­ployee on Christ­mas Day fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion over food that was be­ing sold at their work­place.

The mu­si­cian took his em­ployee Ti­nashe Uta to the Mbare Mag­is­trates’ Court where he was charged with as­sault.

Uta is also al­leged to have given Em­manuel Mashaya a thor­ough hid­ing for try­ing to in­ter­vene dur­ing the scuf­fle.

He de­nied the charges be­fore mag­is­trate Ms Shelly Zvenyika who re­manded him out of cus­tody to Fe­bru­ary 2.

It is the State’s case that on De­cem­ber 25 last year at Saratoga Nite Club in Machip­isa Shop­ping Cen­tre, High­field in Harare, Uta was drunk and he started eat­ing food which was for sale.

It was re­ported Mteki told him to stop eat­ing the food that was meant for sale, rais­ing the anger of Uta.

At the height of the ar­gu­ment, it is al­leged, Uta slapped Mteki and plucked some of his dread­locks.

Mashaya tried to stop him, to no avail as he went on to as­sault Mteki with an empty bot­tle and he also bit his fin­ger.

Mashaya sus­tained some in­juries and the med­i­cal af­fi­davits would be pro­duced in court.

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