A BULAWAYO taxi driver has landed himself in trouble after he allegedly insulted a vendor, labelling her as an HIV-positive prostitute.
BY SILAS NKALA
Egypt Mangwiro (49) of Makokoba suburb, Bulawayo, was not asked to plead to criminal insult charges when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Merilyn Mutshina.
The magistrate remanded him out of custody to June 24 for trial.
The court heard that on June 2 this year at 9am, the complainant, Maziwani Mathe (33), was selling her wares in the Bulawayo city centre when Mangwiro approached her and started complaining that her husband was directing taxi customers to other cab drivers.
He allegedly went on to say: “You are a prostitute and I do not want to talk to you.
You have HIV; you are disturbed by the ARVs (anti-retroviral drugs). I will take you to New Start Centre and if you register negative, I will pay you.”
Mathe reported matter to the police, leading to Mangwiro’s arrest.
He allegedly went on to say: “You are a prostitute and I do not want to talk to you. You have HIV.”