HighCourt postpones Justice Perm Sec Virginia Mabhiza ZW$ 300 000 card cloning case

High Court of Zimbabwe

By Court Reporter

The court case in which Douglas Rusana and Welemu Masauso are applying for bail has been postponed by the High Court and has been scheduled to be heard on the 17th of March 2021.

The two(2) are facing allegations of stealing close to 300 000 through card cloning from Virginia Mabhiza’s bank account. Mabhiza is the current Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Palimentary Affairs.

Welemu Masauso, Second Applicant is also facing charges of illegal dealings in foreign currency.

This follows the revoking of the bid to apply for bail by Harare Magistrate Yeukai Dzuda which led the duo through their legal representation to file a HighCourt Application seeking for a bail.

Douglas Ruzana (31) First Applicant, is being represented by Mr Chikuni of Hamunakwadi and Nyandoro while Welemu Masauso Second Applicant is being represented by Tamutswa Muzana of the Tapera Muzana and Partners.

According to the application made by Virginia Mabhiza at the Magistrate Court, “On 14 February 2022 at 12:20hrs the complaint received an SMS message from her FBC BANK to the effect that her FBC ACCOUNT number 3027533770288 was debited with with an amount of ZW$200 000.00 at a point of sale at purchase at Inscor Bakers.”

The court also heard that another transaction of ZW$6 600.00 was made in Ruwa on the same day. When she visited her bank she then discovered through her bank statement that ZW$94 560.00 was effected on her account and no SMS notification was send on her phone from the bank.

“Investigations into the matter led to the arrest of acused (2) a Bakers Inn Salesman whose point of sale machine was used to swipe ZW$200 000.00 and ZW$94 560.00 using an unlawfully duplicated card of the complainant’s bank card.

Acused (2) then led the directives to the arrest of acused(1) an illegal foreign currency trader at Machipisa Shopping Centre in Highfield as the one who swiped using a cloned card at acused(1) point of sale machine.”

Staff Reporter
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