Mzila-Ndlovu robbery case postponed

BULAWAYO – A Bulawayo court on Monday postponed hearing of armed robbery and theft charges preferred against National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration co-minister Moses Mzila-Ndlovu to August 5.

Bulawayo regional magistrate Mark Dzira had earlier postponed the matter to July 8 due to the absence of Mzila-Ndlovu’s lawyer Matshobana Ncube of Ncube and Phulu Legal Practitioners.

The case failed to proceed for trial as the defence counsel was attending to cases in the High Court.

Mzila-Ndlovu is denying the charges.

According to State papers, Mzila-Ndlovu allegedly threatened to shoot firewood poachers, Hupenyu Gumbo and Lucky Dube before robbing them of their cash, car keys and personal identity documents.

On April 11 at Magazine Farm opposite Mbokodo, Plumtree, Mzila-Ndlovu allegedly pointed a 303 riffle serial number 12698 at Gumbo to surrender his driver’s licence, business cards, a Samsung E250 mobile phone and $365 cash.

Mzila-Ndlovu is accused of pointing his gun at Dube and demanded his personal possessions.

He allegedly induced Dube to hand over his house keys.

He ordered the two to lie down and produce identification.

Gumbo took out his wallet containing $365 cash, a driver’s licence and three business cards.

Dube had no identification cards on him.

The State further alleges that Mzila-Ndlovu also demanded the firewood poachers’ mobile phones and Gumbo complied by handing over his phone.

Mzila-Ndlovu allegedly took Dube’s house keys.

He later ordered the poachers to load the firewood onto their vehicle and follow him to his house.

The two feigned following him, but drove to Emganwini Police Base where they made the report.

When Dube and Gumbo went back to the scene of the crime in company of the police, it was already dark.

Mzila-Ndlovu was arrested on May 19 and property worth $62 was recovered.

His gun was seized by the police and sent for forensic examination.

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