Councillor accused of cellularphone theft

2015-06-11 06:00

Mzwandile Ndondozi is accusing councillor Maneli Msindwana of pocketing his phone. 

Mandla MAhashe

Mzwandile Ndondozi is accusing councillor Maneli Msindwana of pocketing his phone. PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

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A young Gugulethu resident has come forward with wild claims, alleging that he is now minus his cellphone, thanks to a Gugulethu councillor.

According to Mzwandile Ndondozi, who stays in NY 41, Ward 41 Councillor Maneli Msindwana has deprived him of his MTN ZTE cellphone last Thursday, after he went to the local community centre for services relating to job seeking.

“I went into the Khwezi Community Centre in NY 2 to make copies of my CV. After I finished what I was doing, I took the papers and I headed home,” said Ndondozi.

The 27-year-old alleged that the ward 41 councillor took the phone, took out the simcard and pocketed gadget.

“On my way home I realised that I didn’t have my phone and ran back to the centre to ask for the phone.

When I arrived no one had information regarding my phone and it was nowhere to be seen,” he told City Vision.

He said that when he went outside to make sure that he didn’t drop the phone by mistake he was told by eye witnesses that Msindwana was seen pocketing the phone outside the building. When Ndondozi called City Vision he said that he was in the company of other witnesses, who swore by their word that they had seen the councillor pocket the phone.

Sonwabo Tshaka, who spoke on record, said that he saw the councillor taking out the sim card and throwing it on the grass nearby.

“We were just standing by the street when we noticed that he was carrying a phone that looked like one of these tablets.

I saw him throw away the sim card before leaving,” said Tshaka.

Tshaka made further allegations: “There have been many complaints here regarding missing phones from people who come to make CVs and we are sure that he is the culprit,” he said.

Contacted for comment, Councillor Msindwana initially rubbished these claims, saying he had no reason to steal cellphones.

“I really don’t understand what this is all about. I always tell people to be vigilant when they come to the centre as we have hundreds of people that come in and out of the building on a daily basis.

I do not deal with people who come to make CVs. There is no way I could steal cellphones,” he said.

Msindwana also said he believed these accusations were a political ploy to besmirch his good name.

“This is all done to discredit really have to ask yourself: what is the real issue here? The local elections are just around the corner and this may be political,” he said.

Ndondozi said he has opened a case of theft against the councillor and has also lodged a complaint with the local ANC branch, which said it was looking into the matter and will want to hear all sides first before deciding on the appropriate steps to be taken

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