WHAT was supposed to be a financially beneficial relationship between employer and employee turned into a nightmare when a Tsholotsho man allegedly fraudulently changed the ownership status of his boss’ vehicle.
Nomagugu Sibanda, also from Tsholotsho, bought a Toyota Hilux to venture into the malayitsha business and reportedly hired Sibangani Sibanda as a driver.
His other duties were to source clients that worked and lived in South Africa and transport their goods and groceries back to relatives in Zimbabwe.
Nomagugu says she unwittingly gave him the vehicle’s documentation for safekeeping when she handed over the car to him in South Africa.
She would collect the documents when she came back to Zimbabwe, according to the aggrieved woman.
“I hired Sibangani to drive my vehicle since I wanted to expand my malayitsha business and he had been recommended to me by a close friend so I saw no reason not to trust him with the vehicle registration papers.
“I later discovered that he had changed the vehicle ownership to his name, without my consent and when I confronted him, he became violent.
“All of this happened in Tsholotsho when I had travelled back home from South Africa to check on how the business was progressing.
“I looked for the car and was tipped off by some people that he had hid it in Tsholotsho. Prior to leaving South Africa I had given him household property that included sofas to transport back to Zimbabwe but now he claims the property belongs to him,” Nomagugu narrated her ordeal to B-Metro.
She opened a case of theft and assault resulting in the arrest of the accused.
Last week, he was hauled before the Tsholotsho magistrates court and was remanded in custody.
The trial resumes on 11 August.