Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s son, Siqokoqela was remanded to Wednesday for trial while his wife, Nomagugu’s trial will start two days later.
The two who are facing charges of hijacking Choppies retail business and looting more than $80 000 in cash and goods from the outlets countrywide without board approval, appeared separately before Bulawayo magistrate Ms Adelaide Mbeure last Friday. Siqokoqela Mphoko (40) who is a director of Nanavac Investments (Private) Limited, a local partner for the Botswana-registered Choppies Distribution Centre (Proprietary) Limited is facing 170 counts of fraud and theft involving more than $50 000.
Nomagugu (36) is facing 49 counts of extortion after she allegedly ordered supermarket managers to unlawfully dispense over $30 000 cash from their point of sale machines after threatening them with either deportation or dismissal. The couple is out of custody on $200 bail each. As part of the bail conditions, the two were ordered not to interfere with State witnesses.