A Zimbabwean man facing charges of stealing a water diesel-powered engine valued at P15 000 was on Thursday remanded in custody in Francistown, Botswana, while his two alleged Batswana accomplices were granted free bail.
Thulani Ndlovu (25) appeared before Francistown senior magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu alongside the two Batswana, Tshepo Ngakane (27) and Dallas Benoni (28), who are both from Molebatsi Ward in Tonota.
But the magistrate turned down Ndlovu’s application for bail saying he was likely to skip the country since he was an illegal immigrant without travel documents.
Mulalu granted Ngakane and Benoni free bail and remanded the matter to June 20 for continuation of trial.
“The accused does not have travel documents and properties that can make him remain in Botswana since he just came to the country seeking employment,” Mulalo said. “For these reasons he will remain in custody.”
According to a Botswana newspaper, Ndlovu, Ngakane and Benoni were accused of having stolen an engine at Senganeng cattle post on May 21 2010.
Following the rejection of Ndlovu’s bail application, an investigating officer at Tonota Police Station, Paul Chaluza, allegedly tried to push for his release since the stolen engine had been recovered. But the magistrate insisted he must be locked up.
The magistrate said Ngakane and Benoni would be required to report to Tonota Police Station once a month during working hours and appear in court every time they are required to.