Women face maize theft charge

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THREE Bulawayo women have appeared in court facing charges of allegedly stealing maize worth $2 000 from a woman who had hired them to harvest the crop.

REPORT BY KHULANI NKABINDE

The three, Miriam Ncube (39) and Eligious Muradzi (21) both of Cowdray Park and Siboniso Mpofu (34) of Mpopoma, appeared before magistrate Sibongile Msipa on Thursday facing theft charges as defined under Section 113 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.

Prosecutor Masimba Saruwaka told the court that the three women were hired by the complainant Beauty Chidakwa to harvest a maize crop at her house in Ilanda suburb between April and June 17.

“The maize tonnage added up to seven-tonne trucks and needed to be shelled from the cobs,” he said. “She hired the three to shell it. She also gave them some empty 50kg bags to fill in the maize.

“However, the three allegedly stole the maize and did not do what they had been hired to do.”

Saruwaka said in early June, the complainant started suspecting that her crop had been stolen as she realised only a little had been left from the harvest.
She then asked all the three accused women, but they denied stealing it.

The complainant then reported the matter to the police.

“Following investigations by the police, only 100kg of maize worth $80 was recovered,” Saruwaka said.

Msipa remanded the women to July 16 for trial.

They are all out of custody on $20 bail.

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