Beitbridge man up for stealing power cables

BULAWAYO - A Beitbridge man is still in hospital recovering from serious burns he sustained while stealing copper cables from Zesa Holdings (Zesa).

Simbarashe Amani, 30, has been indicted before the courts for theft.

He appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Takunda Witness Mtetwa, who remanded him to January 17 because he is currently bed-ridden at the United Bulawayo Hospitals.

It is alleged that on November 20 last year, Amani went to Chicago area in Beitbridge where he tampered with an 11 kilovolt feeder line by cutting four poles, causing a power blackout.

This enabled him to unlawfully take away copper cables valued at $27 000.

The court further heard that between December 8 and 9, 2013, Amani, who is also suspected to have committed a similar offence in neighbouring South Africa, again stole more cables at Chapfuche area and cut two poles which caused the power blackout in the said area before stealing the copper cables.

Further investigations led to the discovery that the accused person was electrocuted as he cut the electricity lines and was admitted at Beitbridge Hospital where he was transferred to United Bulawayo Hospital.

Amani was then traced and arrested.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated case, a former taxi driver has been sued for more than $2 000 by his former employer for neglecting a taxi he used to operate.

Apollonian Hiaver Dube dragged Thabani Moyo to the civil court.

The case was heard briefly before magistrate Merylene Mutshina, who postponed hearing to January 15.

It is alleged that on November 4, 2012, the two entered into an agreement known as “rent to buy” in respect of a vehicle under which Moyo would operate the taxi and submit weekly payments of $250 towards purchasing the vehicle over 15 months.

On May 8, Moyo requested that the agreement be terminated and he returned the vehicle to Dube.

He however, failed to return the car in the same condition as it was damaged.

The court further heard that Moyo also failed to renew the passenger insurance, VID fitness certificate, licence disk, route authority and as a result Dube suffered damages.

The damages incurred amounted to of $837 and Dube had shortfalls of $1 600 for the period from November 26 to 2012 to May 8, 2013.

Dube went on to sue Moyo for an amount of $2 437.

In his defence, Moyo denied owing Dube any amount of money, claiming he had done all the necessary things he had to do for the upkeep of the taxi.

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