An administrator with PG Building Supplies in Victoria Falls recently escaped jail and was instead sentenced to perform 420 hours of community service for stealing $4 200 from his employer.
Clement Nyathi (58) was convicted by Victoria Falls senior resident magistrate Richard Ramaboea on six counts of theft last Friday.
He was sentenced to 20 months in prison of which eight were conditionally suspended for five years.
The remaining 12 months were suspended on condition he completes 420 hours of community service at Victoria Falls Hospital.
Nyathi was employed as administrator at PG Building Supplies’ Victoria Falls depot. His duties involved receiving and banking the company’s daily cash takings.
In sentencing him, Ramaboea noted that Nyathi earned a paltry $270 a month, way below the poverty datum line, and that he had worked for PG Building Supplies for the past 33 years. He could also lose his terminal benefits.
“I am not willing to incarcerate a 58 -year –old, who is a first offender for his first brush with the law in the circumstances and has lost all that he worked for in 33 years. A custodial term wholly suspended on condition of good conduct and community service will meet the justice of the case,” said Ramaboea.
On April 7, PG Building Suppliers conducted an audit at the Victoria Falls branch and discovered that Nyathi had converted part of the company’s daily takings for a long period of time.
It was established that he had received $6 716, but only deposited $2 423 and converted $4 293 to personal use.
When asked about the money, Nyathi could not account for it and the matter was reported to the police, leading to his arrest.