Bulawayo Man Steals $1 Million Worth Of Property To Foot Medical Bills For His Sick Father
A 29-year-old man, Thembinkosi Ndlovu, residing in Cowdray Park suburb of Bulawayo, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of theft and unlawful entry into homes in the area. The charges were brought before West Commonage Magistrate Shepherd Munjanja, and the total value of stolen property was estimated to be over ZW$1 million. The complainants in the cases included Choice Sibanda, Bhebhe Liga, Alois Mugoba, Nkanyiso Sibanda, Thubelihle Moyo, Clemence Kadungwe, Lesley Mpofu, Esau Sithole, Clive Shombore, Loryne Ndlovu, and Mandla Moyo.
According to the court, Ndlovu committed the crimes between April 12 and December 12 of last year. He would use an unspecified object to gain entry into various homes to steal property, including plasma televisions, laptops, cell phones, sewing machines, cash, solar batteries, a four-plate stove, 110w solar panels, blankets, gas tanks, small speakers, amplifiers, satellite dishes, and cooking oil.
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Police received a tip-off from members of the public and subsequently arrested Ndlovu. Some of the stolen property was recovered during the arrest. Ndlovu admitted to the court that he committed the theft to raise R8,000 for his sick father’s medical bills. He stated that his father was admitted to a hospital in Thembisa, South Africa.
Ndlovu’s case highlights the seriousness of theft and unlawful entry in communities, particularly in the suburbs. It also serves as a reminder that there are various channels that one can use to seek financial assistance for medical bills and emergencies, rather than resorting to criminal activities. The court will decide on a sentence for Ndlovu at a later date.