Robbers get five years imprisonment

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Two Bulawayo robbers who kidnapped an Emakhandeni man and robbed him of a cellphone and shoes early last month were yesterday sentenced to five years in prison each.
Report by Richard Muponde

The pair of Godfrey Ncube and Mthokozisi Dlomo will, however, serve an effective 50-month jail term each after eight months of their sentence were suspended on condition of good behaviour and paying restitution.

Bulawayo magistrate Richard Ramaboea presided over the matter.
State counsel Tatenda Dakwa told the court that on September 5 and at around 10pm, the complainant Martin Ncube and his cousin Justice Bhebhe were walking near Woza Woza shopping centre at Emakhandeni with the accused walking ahead of them.

Martin and Bhebhe then saw a Toyota Quantum minibus parked near a police base.

They shifted their discussion to drivers of such vehicles who operated between Zimbabwe and South Africa popularly known as omalayitsha.

Martin allegedly told Bhebhe that the drivers should respect the police and stop contravening traffic laws.

At that moment, the alleged robbers joined in the conversation and struck Ncube with a stone bragging that they had no fear of police officers.

They later dragged Ncube to their house where they continued assaulting him before robbing him of his shoes and a cellphone.

After his release, Ncube reported the matter to the police, leading to the arrest of the two and recovery of the stolen property.