Zimbabwean Arrested with over R9,000 Fake Cash
BIRCHNOUGH: A diamond panner was Monday arrested by police after he tried to purchase some goods using fake South African Rand notes.
Francis Bvuma, 20, was later discovered in possession of R9,000 fake notes in his pockets after being searched by police officers.
Bvuma of Tuma village under Chief Chamutsa in Buhera pleaded not guilty when he appeared before a Chipinge magistrate Sharon Chipanga charged with possessing fake notes for criminal use.
He was remanded in custody to next week Thursday for trial.
In his defence, Bvuma, said he was not aware that the bills were fake.
“Your worship I’m diamond panner and my intention was not to defraud all the complainants.
“I got this money from a South African diamond buyer whom I had sold some pieces of diamonds,” he said.
Prosecutors told the court that on November 12, Bvuma met taxi driver Moyo Upenyu of Gaza in Chipinge town.
Bvuma hired Moyo to transport him to Gudyanga business centre together with his friends. Moyo agreed and Bvuma paid him R500, promising the balance upon arrival at the shopping centre.
Along the way and at Birchenough Bridge shops, Bvuma approached a vendor and bought airtime worth R200. The vendor immediately compared the note she had received from Bvuma with others in her possession and spotted some differences.
Court heard that the vendor folded Bvuma`s note and it shredded while the one she had remained intact.
The vendor then went to Bvuma and asked him to return her airtime since she doubted whether the note he had given him was a genuine one.
There was a verbal altercation between the two and other vendors alerted the police who were on patrol.
The cops approached Bvuma, searched him and discovered R9,100 in fake bills.