FOUR Bulawayo youth have landed themselves in trouble after they allegedly attacked members of the Apostolic Faith and Acts Church in Mbembesi with stones and knobkerries.
BY SILAS NKALA
The accused, Jabulani Hadebe (19), Thembinkosi Masoka (19), Wolanani Mtukela (18) and Shepherd Mtukela (18) denied the public violence charge when they appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Sheunesu Matova last Wednesday.
They were remanded out of custody to May 18
The court heard that on April 1 at Mbethe village in Mbembesi, the accused allegedly stormed an Apostolic Faith and Acts Church gathering and randomly attacked the congregants with knobkerries and stones without provocation.
In the process, they allegedly damaged property that included parked vehicles and injured four congregants. The injured congregants were taken to hospital for treatment and a report made to the police, led to the accused’s arrest.
The value of the property destroyed is $500.
It is the State’s case that the four youths were not members of the church and the reasons of their actions were not disclosed in the court papers.
The State has lined up five witnesses to testify in the case.