GWERU — A 46-year-old woman, who allegedly masqueraded as a Zanu PF activist and duped three people of various amounts of cash after misrepresenting to them that she could secure educational scholarships to South Africa and at Gweru Provincial Hospital’s school of nursing, appeared in court yesterday facing three counts of fraud.
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Gweru magistrate Mildred Matuvi heard that sometime in July 2009, Elizabeth Tonderai Mudyiradima of Windsor Park, Gweru, met with the first complainant, Frederick Chikomba, who resides at Chikwingwizha Clinic.
Mudyiradima allegedly promised to secure Chikomba a scholarship to study at a South African university under the Presidential Scholarship Fund on condition the latter paid her a facilitation fee.
Between July 25, 2009 and January 16, 2010, Mudyiradima allegedly demanded $686 and R2 400 from Chikomba to facilitate the application. The court heard that Chikomba complied and paid her.
In another incident between June 2009 and July 2011, Mudyiradima met Rebitha Bangwayo of Mkoba 12 and allegedly promised to secure her son a place at Fort Hare University in South Africa.
She allegedly demanded R7 100 and $405, claiming the money was needed for processing of fingerprints, passport, study permit, transport and registration fees.
Bangwayo allegedly paid the required facilitation fees, but the deal never materialised.