Ex-VP Mphoko’s son in court for fraud

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Bulawayo Correspondent

Siqokoqela Mphoko (centre)

CHOPPIES director and former vice president Phelekezela Mpoko’s son, Siqokoqela, 40, appeared in court Friday charged with fraud.

Siqokoqela appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Sithembiso Ncube facing 170 counts of fraud.

The court granted him $200 bail and demanded the case to September 14.

Mphoko was represented by Professor Welshman Ncube of Mathonsi Law Chambers while Nkathazo Dlodlo prosecuted.

Court heard that Mphoko is a shareholder and director of NANAVAC Investments Private Limited which trades as Choppies supermarkets.

He is charged with deceiving employees to unlawfully siphon $51,945 from the company.

Last week Mphoko’s wife Nomagugu was also charged with 49 counts of extortion when she appeared in court.

She is accused of swiping–for-cash at 15 supermarkets and threatening to have managers of the Indian origin sacked if they refused to give her cash which is scarce in the country.

The Mphoko family is battling for control of the supermarket chain after falling out with other investors in the group.