ZANU PF’s Gwanda municipality’s Ward 8 councillor, Wilson Dube had a brush with the law last week after buying two stolen wheels at a bargain price, which were later recovered from him by police officers.
The revelations came to light on Christmas Eve when 21-year-old Ishmael Ncube of Masholomoshe village was brought to court facing theft charges.
He was, however, lucky not to be taken to the dock after the complainant, Nkosilathi Mpofu, filed an affidavit withdrawing the charges.
According to the court record, Mpofu, a taxi driver parked his vehicle at his house on Unity Day at around 6pm. On the same night, Ncube proceeded to Mpofu’s house, where he removed two wheels and went away with them.
“The next day Ncube sold the two wheels to Wilson Dube, who immediately proceeded to a garage to have them fitted in his car,” the State outline reads.
“Mpofu went around garages informing them his wheels had been stolen and was informed that at one garage, Dube had fitted similar tyres.”
Mpofu reported the matter to the police and together they launched a manhunt for Dube.
Dube was located at a restaurant and confessed having bought the tyres and led police to Ncube’s house, where he was arrested.
Two tyres and two rims were recovered from Dube and wheel nuts recovered from Ncube.
Dube in his statement said he bought the two wheels for $60 while, the market value is $160.
It could not be established whether the councillor was charged for receiving stolen property.