High drama as defendant and complainant nearly exchange blows at court

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OFFICIALS at Bulawayo’s Tredgold Magistrates’ Courts were on Wednesday forced to temporarily halt their duties to restrain a defendant and a complainant from turning the court building into a boxing arena.

Cliff Dextar Tshuma, who was in court facing charges of pointing a firearm at Goodwill Vezha, without lawful cause as defined in section 27(b) of the FIREARM ACT chapter 10:09, lost his marbles after realising that a B-Metro news crew was taking pictures of him.

He accused Vezha of unleashing B-Metro on him. A confused Vezha vehemently denied, but an advancing Tshuma was not convinced.

He continued shouting and cursing the complainant.

“Why did you steal my gold ore and now you are calling the press people to take pictures. You will die suffering I tell you,” said Tshuma.

Vezha replied: “I don’t even know where your mine is and if I had really stolen your gold ore why don’t you call the police to come and arrest me.

I don’t fear anything because I am innocent and if there is anything you want to do just know I am a child of God.”

The two continued bickering and their raised voices attracted the attention of court officials who quickly stepped in to stop Tshuma and Vezha from exchanging blows.

After causing the scene, Tshuma walked away and people were left asking what had happened.

Tshuma appeared before Magistrate Rachel Mukanga and asked for legal representation.

Circumstances are that on 15 June 2022 at Fools Investments, Hope Fountain in Bulawayo Tshuma pointed a firearm at Vezha.

On that day at round 9.30 am the accused approached the complainant who was doing his routine duties at his workplace accusing him of stealing gold ore at his mine, Sensoquip.

The accused then drew a pistol from his waist and pointed it at the complainant threatening to shoot and kill him.

The complainant then ran away and hid in the security guard room.

The accused was then escorted off the premises by Radius Muchimba the security guard at Fools Investments.

The case was reported to the police leading to the arrest of the accused person and the recovery of the VZOR Pistol 7.65mm and two bullets.

The firearm is registered in the accused person’s name under the firearm certificate for the purpose of protection of cash and other valuables in transit.

Prosecuting Sphiwe Mhlanga said the accused had no lawful right whatsoever to act in the manner he did.

The matter was remanded to 4 August 2022.

— BMetro

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