Tricksters con vendor


A 24-YEAR-OLD Zvishavane Dairibord vendor lost all sales for the day to a Bulawayo-based gang that tricked him into playing feja feja (some form of tricky gambling) while their female accomplice attempted to steal the ice cream cart.


Beauty Siziba (27) and Clever Moyo (30) from Pumula South appeared before Zvishavane magistrate Story Rushambwa facing robbery charges for conning Lovemore Temba of $75 he had realised in sales.

The State alleged that on September 14 at around 5pm and close to the Caravan Park in the mining town, Moyo, Siziba and Nqobile Sibanda, who is still at large, connived to rob Temba as he was returning to the depot.

Moyo approached him and bought two yoghurts at 50c each and paid with a $5 note. Temba then gave her $4 change, but as he was placing the note in his pocket, Sibanda grabbed his right hand and forcibly took $75 which he handed over to Siziba, who fled with the cash.

While Temba tried to free himself, Moyo is alleged to have started pushing the cart away. Siziba told the court that they were playing feja feja and Temba came to watch.

Siziba alleged that Temba got tempted to play as he saw some people winning, but lost all his money.

“We came to Zvishavane as an eight-member gang to play feja feja and the complainant (Temba) came to where we were playing the game and was tempted to play and it was unfortunate he lost all the money.

I did not know that he used company money because that is not our concern. We never robbed him like what he alleges,” Siziba said.

A witness who works as a photographer close to the alleged robbery scene, told the court that he had seen Temba among people that were playing feja feja although he was not aware of what he was doing there.

Moyo and Siziba were remanded in custody to tomorrow.