Crime & courts

Cattle rustlers nabbed

THE long arm of the law finally caught up with a Chipinge District Hospital official who allegedly connived with his brother and other accomplices to slaughter stray cattle around Chipinge town and sell the meat to unsuspecting buyers.


Enock Sibiya (35) and David Sibiya (41), both from Chipinge, were working with Farai Gurudza (44) of Gaza O and Edson Mabvirakare who is already in custody on the same charge.

The gang, which is being represented by Mr Langton Mhunhu of Mhungu Associates Law Firm, appeared before Chipinge magistrate, Mrs Elizabeth Hanzi, on Tuesday.


They are facing stocktheft charges as defined in Section 114 (2) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.


The Sibiya brothers pleaded not guilty and were remanded out of custody on a bail of $10 000 each.


Gurudza was remanded in custody after failing to raise the $10 000 bail.

Enock also appeared before the same court last Friday facing charges of defeating or obstructing the course of justice.


He allegedly tried to stop witnesses from giving their statements to the investigation officers.


Prosecutor, Mr Thukani Zondwayo told the court that between September last year and May 30, the gang connived on four different occasions to steal stray cattle.


“David Sibiya would assign his accomplices to look for stray cattle around Chipinge.


“During the night they would then drive the targeted cattle to a secluded place and slaughter them. The Sibiya brothers would then transport the carcasses to Sithabile Hlunhupi’s house in Gaza.


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