Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
A 36-year-old woman has been condemned to two years imprisonment for stealing an assortment of property worth $3 200 from outgoing Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi’s Mazunga Lodge where she was employed as a maid.Sibusisiwe Mbedzi who lives in Headman Siyoka’s area in Mfanyana Village is said to have gone on a theft spree between April and 18 August this year.
Some of the stolen property included paint, bed linen, two beds, doors, food, empty buckets, fencing wire, mopani worms and stock feeds.
Mbedzi was convicted on her own plea of guilty to a charge of theft when she appeared before Beitbridge provincial magistrate Ms Gwineth Drawo on Wednesday.
She was left with an effective two years to serve after the magistrate conditionally suspended one year for five years.
Prosecutor Mr Tavonga Musina said the accused was employed at the farm lodge where among other things her duties included cooking, housekeeping and taking care of bedding linen among other things.
He said between April and 18 August this year, Mbedzi went on a stealing spree.
Mr Musina said she stole bed linen, food, fencing wire, paint, 850 kg of stock feeds, two beds which she sold in surrounding villages.
The total value of the stolen items amounted to $3 144.
The theft, he said, came to light on 18 August when the lodge manager Mr Livingstone Nyenyani Mlambo realised that some property had gone missing under unclear circumstances.
Mr Mlambo reported the case to police who arrested Mbedzi after investigations.
Mr Musina said police recovered property worth $941.