Cops up for poll fraud

BULAWAYO – Two Bulawayo police officers face charges of defrauding the State after they allegedly received allowances for participating in the March constitutional referendum they had not taken part in.

Assistant Inspector Fredrick Jose, 39, and sergeant Hlanganani Ncube, 33 stationed at the Bulawayo Traffic District Headquarters this week appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Sibongile Msipa on fraud charges involving $100.

The two were not formally charged and were remanded out of custody to July 15 on $20 bail each.

Jose and Ncube were district clerk and assistant district clerk officials respectively when they committed the offence.

Prosecutor Vivianah Chikomo alleges that on March 15 at ZRP finance offices in Ross Camp, Jose approached the paying officer sergeant Maganga claiming the $50 allowance for himself and his work mate Ncube entitled to police officers that participated in the plebiscite.

The court heard that after the misrepresentation, Jose signed for and received $50 cash on behalf of Ncube who was abroad on private business when the referendum took place.

The State further alleged Ncube later received the $50 in question from Jose when he was aware he had not in any way taken part in the referendum duties.

The two reportedly converted the money to personal use and were arrested after an internal investigation.

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