TWO CBZ Bank tellers yesterday told the court that the late Nkulumane MP Thamsanqa Mahlangu’s uncle, Joachim Mugova, allegedly withdrew $5 000 from the legislator’s account without any identification particulars soon after his death.
Yesterday, prosecutor Jeremiah Mutsindikwa called two bank tellers, Gladys Ndlovu and Linda Mangova to testify. Ndlovu told the court she knew Mugova as a client. When the prosecutor asked if she knew he stole $7 000, Ndlovu said she only knew about the $5 000 that Mugova withdrew.
“Accused two came with a bank card to withdraw the money. When he withdrew the money we had not been informed that the accountholder had died, so we gave him the money. I had no cash on me, so I referred him to my colleague, Mangova, who gave him,” she said.
“It was not his first visit to the bank, he is our client, he has a personal account with us.”
Ndlovu said she did not know Mahlangu’s widow, Brenda Zaranyika and had never met her.
In her evidence, Mangova said she served Mugova when he withdrew $5 000 from the late Mahlangu’s account. She also said she did not know Zaranyika.
“I served him on October 5, 2015 at the bank. The accused came to the banking hall with a card. When I asked for his identity card he said he had none,” she said.
Mangova further said her colleague, Ndlovu, said she knew him and she then allowed him to withdraw the money.
Mangova said the anomaly was later discovered by an operations manager, who learnt that, at the time of the withdrawal, the accountholder had died. But, the lawyer accused Mangova of trying to cover up for her carelessness by shifting the blame to his client.
He argued that, procedurally, it was not the norm for bank tellers to give money to clients that failed to produce adequate identification particulars. Mangova claimed Mugova misrepresented in order to have access to Mahlangu’s account. The matter was remanded to Wednesday for continuation.
Mugova, is jointly charged with Zaranyika, for allegedly stealing $7 000 from the late former Youth deputy minister’s account.
Mahlangu’s aunt, Pretty Maphosa, the estate executor, took Zaranyika and Mugova to court over the alleged theft.
Maphosa said she discovered the theft after obtaining a bank statement in order to register the estate.
She said she discovered two withdrawals were made, firstly of $2 000 at a CBZ ATM on 12th Avenue and $5 000 at a banking hall along 8th Avenue, prompting her to report the matter. The two suspects, who are represented by Dumisani Dube, pleaded not guilty when they appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove. Mahlangu succumbed to cancer on October 5 last year.