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Manager up for $18 000 theft


A manager at a city shop was on Tuesday arraigned before the courts for stealing more than $18 000, proceeds of the sale of shop wares.

Ernest Gumbo (23) was the branch manager at Costham Trading which sells various wares.

He was not asked to plead to theft when he briefly appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Ndumo Masuku. Gumbo was remanded to July 4 on $300 bail.

Prosecutor Admire Chikwayi told the court between February and May 20, Gumbo received an assortment of goods from his employer to sell at the shop.

He was supposed to remit the proceeds of the sale to the employer and account for remaining goods.

However, Gumbo allegedly converted the money to his own use.

Sometime in June he was transferred from the branch and a new manager, Mongiwa Ndlovu, took over from him.

She initiated a stocktake at the branch on June 11 and 12 and discovered that cash amounting to $ 18 183 15 was missing.

Gumbo was called to explain the discrepancies, but allegedly failed to do so satisfactorily.

He allegedly admitted to have been tampering with the figures and pocketing the money.

A police report was made, leading to his arrest. Nothing was recovered.

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