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Alexia’s mother Fungayi Nyamadzawo, appears in court for her murder

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Durban – Fungayi Nyamadzawo has appeared in court for the murder of her child Alexia Nyamadzawo after investigations revealed she had faked her kidnapping to cover the murder.

Zimbabwean six-year-old Alexia Nyamadzawo, was found dead on Tuesday, after her 42-year-old mother, Fungayi, reported her kidnapped by unknown suspects.

Nyamadzawo appeared briefly on Wednesday, and has also been charged with two counts of kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.

She will remain in custody until June 10 when she will next appear in court.

After an extensive search, rescuers found Alexia’s body in the Glendale area on the North Coast, near Durban.

She was reported missing on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said on Sunday night, the child’s mother had reported that she was driving along Glendale Road and slowed down at a speed hump when she alleged a man opened the back door and snatched the sleeping child from the seat.

Alexia’s 14-year-old sibling was also in the car.

The mother reported the kidnapping to the police and a two-day search party was conducted.

On Monday, the mother was called in for questioning and police were then able to find the location of the child’s body.

According to police, the search was very difficult due to the terrain of the sugarcane field where the body was abandoned.

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Fraudster arrested after swipping for $390 000 groceries

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A fraudster has been arrested after he swiped for groceries worth more than $398 000 at OK Supermarket in Hwange using a bank card that had been tampered with.

The man, Brian Pedzisa of Chitungwiza, was arrested on Thursday and is suspected to be among a gang of people who have been using cloned cards and other bank card related tactics to con various retail shops across the country.

Detectives on Thursday pounced on Pedzisa at the supermarket, moments after he was about to get out after swiping for groceries worth $396 384.

Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda confirmed the incident and said police were now looking for two other people linked to the sca

“On 10 June 2021 a gang of three fraudsters tried to defraud OK Hwange Supermarket of groceries worth $396 384.

One of the fraudsters successfully used an electronic Visa card to make purchases but before he could make off he was arrested by a team of watchful detectives who were working on a tip-off. Upon being interviewed the suspect revealed that he was working with two other accomplices who are still at large,” said Insp Banda.

He said the gang had used the same strategy to defraud OK Mart Victoria Falls of an undisclosed amount in groceries. He appealed to members of the public to assist with information leading to their arrest.

“The two accomplices are on the run anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of these two criminals can report at the nearest police station,” said Insp Banda.

He called on shop owners to enhance security to avoid such incidents which were on the rise in the country.

“As police we would like to implore shop owners to enhance security at their premises through use of alarm systems and Closed Circuit Television. Retailers should examine electronic cards and do necessary verifications before processing of electronic transactions. For the record some fraudsters misrepresent themselves as humanitarian workers.”

According to sources privy to the incident, the gang would approach the supermarkets seeking a quotation for groceries pretending that the transaction wanted would be effected from a nostro account. Later one of the gang members would return to make purchases using a Visa card whose microchip would have been tampered with. Sunday News

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BREAKING : Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira dies in SA

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Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira who acted as Vimbai Jari in the soap has died.

She was 38 years old.

Her brother Juan Nhira confirmed the news.

“She sustained injuries on her chest area, rib cage and back during a robbery on Monday afternoon in Bedford view South Africa. She was only 38 years of age,” he said.

Juan said her funeral arrangements will be announced in due course. Rest in peace Anne.

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Watch: Chivhu mother beheads her four children sets house on fire

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Video footage has emerged after a Chivhu mother allegedly beheaded her four children before setting the family house on fire.

Police said on Twitter, “The woman then surrendered herself to the Police.”

National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said he was not in a position to give further details as the case was in it’s infancy.

“Our police officers are still attending the crime scene,” he said.

The incident occurred in Highview suburb in Chivhu which is about 146km from Harare.

The woman’s name and age could not be immediately established.

Meanwhile, videos of the multiple murder scene have surfaced online.

Watch the video below;

Scene of the horrific Chivhu children murder

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