ZIMBABWE – A truck driver has been arrested for allegedly duping Unilever Distributers of goods worth R600 000.
Solomon Madzianyanja, 36, pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Mbare magistrate Anita Tshuma charged with theft.
His trial begins today and he has been remanded in custody after the State denied him bail.
The State alleges that sometime in September last year, Uniliver Distributers Boksburg gave Solomon four tonnes of Vaseline and four tonnes of ponds worth R600 000 to deliver Continental Distributers in Johannesburg.
Solomon did not deliver the goods as he was supposed to.
When continental distributors called Uniliver Distributers to ask them to supply them as they had requested distributers confirmed they had sent Solomon.
When they tried to get hold of him his number was not reachable.
Uniliver Distributers then lodged a complaint with the South African police who forwarded the complaint to the Zimbabwean police.
In January this year international warrant of arrest was issued for Solomon‘s arrest and he was arrested.
Since September last year, the police had been looking for Solomon till they got hold of him after exercising a raid.
Solomon in defense told the court that he did not steal Uniliver products but he was robbed when he was on his way to Johannesburg to deliver the goods he had been assigned to deliver.
Solomon also said that he was attacked by robbers and he was left with nothing in the middle of nowhere.
Tafara Chirambira appeared for the State.