Thieves in Mugabe case appear in court

Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Photo: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Three suspects accused of stealing a suitcase containing a sum of R2 080 552, 50 in cash from the ousted former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe recently appeared before Chinhoyi Magistrate’s Court in Harare.

One of the three suspects is said to be the former president’s relative, Constancia Mugabe. She is allegedly to have splashed the money on cars, houses and farm animals.

Reports suggest that Mugabe had keys to Mugabe’s rural house in Zvimba, outside Harare and in assistance of two other gained full access to the property where the theft occurred late last year.

“Johanne Mapurisa bought a Toyota Camry… and a house for $20,000 (R277 407, 00) after the incident,” the state prosecutor Teveraishe Zinyemba told the court.

“Saymore Nhetekwa also bought a Honda and livestock, which included pigs and cattle for an undisclosed amount.”

The three accused were bailed and are due back in court on later this month. Another suspect is still at large.

The fallen dictator’s whereabouts are kept a secret. However, in November President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the ailing 94-year-old Mugabe was in Singapore for medical treatment and was now unable to walk.

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