LUPANE — Former Matabeleland North Sports and Recreation Commission co-ordinator Permanent Sibanda and his alleged accomplice, Yedwa Hleza, have been taken to court after they allegedly assaulted their relative and destroyed property in a quarrel over their niece’s property.
Sibanda (43) and Hleza (51) pleaded not guilty to assault and malicious damage to property charges when they appeared before Lupane magistrate Aelene Munamati.
They were yesterday placed on defence after the close of the State’s case.
The magistrate remanded them to July 9 for judgment.
Prosecutor Lungisani Dube told the court that on June 11, at
3am the two went to the complainant Innocent Ngwenya of Mpofu village, who is their father-in-law.
Their niece (name not given) is married to Ngwenya’s younger brother Future.
The two wanted to collect goods belonging to their niece before a misunderstanding ensued. They allegedly assaulted Ngwenya on his buttocks and legs before they destroyed the door to his room.
A report made to the police led to their arrest.
Meanwhile, Sibanda also appeared before the same magistrate to answer a charge of making dangerous threats to a security guard at the Lupane Business Association (LBA) premises recently.
He was remanded out of custody to the same date when the trial date would be advised.
It is alleged that Sibanda went to the LBA where he met the complainant, employed as a guard at the premises.
Sibanda allegedly threatened him, adding that he would seize the gun which the security officer was carrying.
The security guard reported the matter to the police, leading to Sibanda’s arrest.