A 51-YEAR-OLD Gwanda man last week appeared before magistrate Arafat Kozanai facing charges of stealing six cattle worth $1 800.
Vusumuzi Mafu of Mayezani area under Chief Mathema in Gwanda pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared in court facing four counts of stocktheft last Thursday.
Prosecutor Edward Ndlovu told the court that sometime in 2011 Stanely Nkala could not find one of the heifers from his herd grazing in Mtshabezi.
Nkala found his heifer at Mafu’s homestead on September 13 where it had been rebranded using Mafu’s brand marks.
In August 2012, Mafu allegedly stole Famous Maphosa’s heifer which the owner positively identified when police rounded up Mafu’s herd at his homestead.
Mafu also allegedly stole two other heifers belonging to Tinomuvonga Mpofu.
Police found that the two heifers had been rebranded with Mafu’s brand marks while another one was in the process of being dehorned.
The State further alleges that in January 2012, Mafu removed ear tags from two stray cattle as a way of hiding their identity.
The cattle were recovered at his homestead. All the six cattle were recovered and Mafu was remanded in custody.