Two employees at a night spot in Bulawayo appeared in court last Friday facing a charge of defrauding their employer of $7 000 in daily beer sales.
Sikhulile Ncube and Khetiwe Ncube, who were employed as manager and bar lady at Basement Sports Club, however, heaved a sigh of relief after their employer Omega Sibanda withdrew the charge before plea, preferring an out-of-court settlement.
Charges against the pair were that sometime in June, they hatched a plan to defraud Sibanda of proceeds from the sale of beverages at the night spot.
Khethiwe — who was the bar lady — would sell beer and allegedly submit the cash to Sikhulile, her manager.
The duo would then share the spoils. Sibanda allegedly discovered the anomaly during a spot audit check, but the pair told him they had used the money to pay for beer stocks borrowed from nearby outlets.
On June 22, Sibanda hired Romeo Ndlovu as a replacement for Khethiwe in a move meant to plug the alleged cash leakage.
During handover-takeover, Khetiwe allegedly failed to account for $7 000.
The pair allegedly asked Ndlovu not to spill the beans to Sibanda, but the former could not give in. Ndlovu immediately alerted Sibanda about the shortfall leading to the pair’s arrest.