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07/07/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

A ZIMBABWEAN man accused of fleeing South Africa in 2009 with over US$500,000 robbed from the cash transit company he worked for must be extradited to face trial, a Bulawayo court ruled last Friday.

Magistrate Crispen Mberewere told Jethro Menzi Tshuma, 41, that he will be returned to South Africa to face law, after rejecting his bid to avoid extradition.

The court heard that Tshuma was working for South African security company, SBV Services, in 2009 when he failed to make cash drops at several First National Bank branches around Johannesburg.

The security van he was driving was later found abandoned, but he, along with the cash, was nowhere to be seen.

Prosecutor Jeremiah Mutsindikwa said Tshuma fled South Africa with his wife and two children after stealing about R4,656,000 which was loaded on his van in 22 sealed canvas bags.

However, after a four-year investigation by a private investigator hired by his former employer, Tshuma was arrested in January this year in Bulawayo.

Police found him with two identities; one a Zimbabwean ID bearing his picture with his name was listed as Jethro Menzi Tshuma as well as a South African ID with the name Jerrote Menzi Khumalo which he used to gain employment with SBV Services.

A Lupane court was fined him US$400 earlier this year after pled guilty to possessing dual citizenship, which was prohibited under Zimbabwean law.

On Friday magistrate Mberewere ruled that the State had proved the two names, Jethro Tshuma and Jerrotte Menzi Khumalo belonged to Tshuma and that extradition, therefore, could not be stopped.

The magistrate ordered that Tshuma would not be handed over to private investigators but to South African State agents for his safety.


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