Money changers languish in remand prison

By Sithandweyinkosi Mpofu

Three suspected money changers continue to languish in remand prison after another bail appeal was thrown out by Kwekwe Magistrate Samukeliso Gumbo yesterday.

The trio, Memory Sibindi, Hilda Chimeya, and Angela Mutemo are set to appear in court on 7 June 2024 for another bail hearing.

The three are facing charges of soliciting for US dollars and possession of bank cards not registered in their names.

The State in opposing bail highlighted that the accused persons would go back to the street to commit similar offenses as their accounts were not frozen.  It also said the accused persons were still in possession of their national identity documents hence chances were high that they could open new accounts and commit similar crimes.

The three were arrested on 22 April 2024 at OK Supermarket and Bata, Kwekwe.

According to state papers, Sibindi was arrested by police officers after she was allegedly found soliciting customers who wanted to change their US dollars to the local currency. When the police approached her they searched her and allegedly found US$720, ZAR 8520, and various debit cards from different banks.

Chimeya was allegedly found with US$35, ZAR100, and two debit bank cards at Bata pavements.

Mutemo was allegedly found to possess US1442, ZAR390, and various debit bank cards.

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