US$14 000 worth of stolen solar batteries recovered

By Innocent Nxumalo

A 36-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly stealing nine solar batteries worth US$14 thousand from health centres in Matabeleland South.

The suspect Zenzo Benon Moyo aged 36 is accused of stealing solar batteries from Fumugwe and Stanmore rural health centres in Matabeleland South Province.

Moyo was arrested after police received a tip-off that the accused was selling stolen batteries in Iminyela suburb of Bulawayo.

Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube praised the good relations between law enforcement agents and the public which led to the arrest of the suspect and recovery of the stolen solar batteries.

“Our detectives are making progress in accounting for theft cases reported in February in Matabeleland South. The accused has assisted the police in recovering some the batteries which were already sold. Police will not allow Bulawayo to be turned into a market of stolen and we urge members of the public not to buy goods without verifiable receipts,” ZRP Bulawayo Provincial Spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube said.

Vandalism and property theft remains one of the setbacks frustrating sustainable infrastructure development across various sectors of the national economy.