Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s daughter-in-law Nomagugu Mphoko (36) appeared in court for allegedly ordering 15 Choppies Supermarket managers in Bulawayo to give her more than $30 000 cash from their Point of Sale (POS) machines after threatening them with either deportation or dismissal.
Nomagugu who was initially jointly charged with her husband Siqokoqela, appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Ms Sithembiso Ndlovu yesterday facing 49 counts of extortion and was remanded out of custody to September 3 on $200 bail. She was ordered not to interfere with State witnesses.
The court heard that sometime in June this year, Nanavac Investments trading as Choppies Zimbabwe issued a directive to all its supermarket managers against giving out cash realised from sales to individuals whose arrangement is to replace the equivalent through swiping at Point of Sale machines. Between 13 and 29 June this year, Nomagugu went to Choppies managers, some of whom are Indian nationals, and demanded cash and also threatened to either get them fired or deported if they refused to comply. She would then swipe the equivalent of the money received using different bank cards.