Zanu (PF) Youths Convicted for Exortion

A Bulawayo magistrate, Mark Dzira has convicted three Zanu (PF) youths for extortion and kidnapping commuter omnibus touts at a long distance pick up points.

The four youths, Hardlife Ndlovu (29) Nqobani Mlilo, Mthunzi Mabhena were convicted despite pleading not guilty to the charges. In his ruling Dzira said it was clear that the three had committed the offence.

He remanded the trio in custody to a date yet to be advised after the Their lawyer, Advocate Sabelo Sibanda asked the court for time to analyse the case. According to the state outline, on March 7 the three went to Macs Garage in the city centre where they kidnapped some touts who tout for commuter omnibuses plying the Gwanda, Filabusi and Masvingo routes.

They took the complainants to the party’s provincial headquarters at Davies Hall where they demanded $50 per day from the touts claiming the money was for fuelling Zanu (PF) vehicles The youths were arrested by plainclothes police officers after a tip –off when they went to collect the money.

Before their arrest, the youths had besieged long distance pick up points in Bulawayo demanding protection fees.

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