BY TREVOR MUTSVAIRO
A-HARARE maid has been accused of stealing US$75 000 and R95 000 from her employer.
The maid, Taurai Shonhiwa (34) today appeared before Harare magistrate Yeukai Dzuda to answer to theft charges. She was remanded out of custody to February 22 for trial date.
Shonhiwa allegedly stole the money with the aid of her accomplice, Tatenda Ngirazi, a gardener.
Allegations were that sometime in January 2020, their employer Shadreck Zvarivadza placed US$75 000 and R121 000 in his bedroom safe.
Shonhiwa and Ngirazi had access to the bedroom keys and they gained access and stole the money after using unknown means to open the safe.
They shared the money and vanished. However, Shonhiwa left her hat in the bedroom by mistake.
When their employer (Zvarivadza) decided to use the money, he discovered that the safe had been tampered with and the money was missing.
Ngirazi was asked about the missing funds and he confirmed that they stole the money together with Shonhiwa.
The pair shared the money and Ngirazi used it to purchase a Toyota Ipsum vehicle.
Zvarivadza handcuffed Shonhiwa and took her to the police, but Ngirazi managed to disappear while handcuffed.
The Toyota Ipsum vehicle was recovered, and it was registered in Ngirazi’s name.
Lynnet Gwarisa prosecuted for the state.