A 38-year-old man has appeared in court for stealing chewing gum from Choppies Supermarket in Bulawayo.
Presiding over the case, Bulawayo magistrate Busani Sibanda sentenced Zibusiso Ndebele to six months in prison. Three months were suspended on the condition that he pays a fine of $10 000. The other three months were suspended on the condition that he does not commit a similar crime in the next five years.
The court heard that on 22 August 2022 at around 7.30pm at Choppies Supermarket situated on Fife Street and 4th Avenue, Bulawayo, Ndebele placed three packs with 100 pieces of dandy bubble gum into his trousers. Ndebele then passed the till point without paying, and as he exited the supermarket, he was apprehended by Robert Tafura.
He was then searched, and the stolen goods worth $9 780 were recovered.