A man who is in the habit of stealing pan_ties and blankets and other goodies from community members at Nyamandlovu has been arrested and sentenced to seven years in jail.
It is reported that Jockonia Nyathi (42) intentionally gained entry into a cottage at Makokomba Primary School and headed straight to Dumiso Nkomo’s room and stole six undergarments and two blankets.
The court heard that the habitual thief went on to steal six under-garments which were on the washing line.
As if that was not enough the court heard that from 21 October to 10 December Nyathi would go to the cottage and steal goods ranging from sugar, rice and under-garments belonging to different teachers.
Nyathi went to ZRP Nyamandlovu and broke into the office of one Constable Mabharani and stole a bicycle.
On 26 October he went to Mtumane Moyase’s homestead and gained entry through a broken window. He stole a white wooden door, shovel and blanket.
During the month of December using the same modus operandi he gained entry into Jabulani Malembule’s bedroom hut and stole 500 grammes of soya chunks, solar panel, five kilogrammes of mealie–meal, green jacket and two Makokomba Primary School uniforms.
On 12 December he headed to Nqobizitha Mabhena’s homestead and stole a black suitcase, five pairs of shoes, two black speakers and a brown suitcase containing clothes.
A case of theft was reported to the police leading to his arrest. He pleaded guilty to both counts of unlawful entry and theft.
Tsholotsho resident magistrate Victor Mpofu on circuit at Nyamandlovu slapped Nyathi with 12 years in jail but five years were suspended on condition that he does not commit a similar offence within five years.