SA man in Moz jail over hotel bill

2012-11-10 10:56

Johannesburg - A South African man has spent the last three months in a Mozambican prison because he could not afford his hotel bill, the Beeld reported on Saturday.

Department of international relations spokesperson Nelson Kgwete told the newspaper that his department could not help Albert Smith, 40, because the bill was a personal debt.

"The... South African High Commission in Maputo cannot interfere because this is a private legal matter between Smith and his creditors."

Smith could only be released once his R5 300 bill at the Fatima Hotel and Guesthouse in Inhambane, and a R600 deportation tariff had been paid.

He was not charged by the police.

Smith's sister, Elize said his family was struggling to find out exactly what he did wrong and how they can get him back from Mozambique.

They also do not know how to pay the bill and whether it needs to be done in that country.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-10 11:02

    Well, he got 3 months free board and lodging, courtesy of the Moz. government.

      LutherKingsley - 2012-11-10 12:29

      Hmmmmm, wonder what they do with corrupt criminal presidents.

      hendrik.verwoerd.14 - 2012-11-10 15:53

      Does anyone know where I can send the R6000.00 (R5300 + 600 + 100 tip) to, shame, a prison is no place for a human, even if he didn't pay a lousy R6000.... To all you nasty idiots, you deserve the title regte Voortrekkers...

      hendrik.verwoerd.14 - 2012-11-10 23:38

      Look you idiots, its not about the money or paying someone else bill, its about the punishment not fitting the crime, jailing a man for 90 days because he failed to pay R6000, it probably cost the Moz government more than R6000 to keep him in jail, so tell me Einsteins where's the logic in that. Yes everyone has to pay their bills but wouldn't it have been simpler to say, you are found guilty & this crime, get the f*ck out of our country you freeloader... To the hotel, write it off as a bad debt, you have provisions for bad debts, so make use of it, As a state we cannot spend more than what you are owed to force a man to pay a bill he obviously cannot or even will not pay. Then send the bloody freeloader on his way & blacklist him to never return to Moz. Also, wouldn't it be smart for the Hotel industry to circulate guilty freeloaders info to avoid others being scammed or are you like the Voortrekkers who had hoped the English would go belly up if they left...

      banie.joubert - 2012-11-11 00:16

      Blacklisting and kicking him out of the country is all good ideas, but he still deserves more punishment than that. If not, I can go to a country which I have no desire to ever visit again, ring up a huge bill, and then simply get deported. Will also save me to have to pay for the trip back, win win situation for me. But going to jail? That will make me think twice. And PS: Just because you disagree with someone doesn't make them an idiot. And what does the Voortrekkers or the English got to do with this? Absolutely nothing. If you want to make a comment, then stick to the topic at hand.

      hendrik.verwoerd.14 - 2012-11-11 02:59

      @banie.joubert: its not about the disagreeing Banie, its about the fact that the idiots missed the whole point of the gesture & if you going to take time to comment on something that you clearly dont get, then you're an idiot!! i.e. I offered to pay the R6k because " a prison is not a place for any human to be" & let alone for a lousy R6k. Have you ever been in a prison Banie?? I visited my dad in prison for 6 months because he couldn't afford to pay maintenance under the old apartheid gov. Voortrekkers, well in short, they left Cape Town because they wanted to continue being self righteous f*cks who believed they had the divine right to treat other humans as slaves, just like the fortunate & self righteous idiots on here feel because they pay their bills they can say or be nasty towards another human being. PS: In case you missed that history lesson, the English governed the Cape the time of the "Great Treks"... They also passed the law abolishing slavery.. (run boetie run)...

      hendrik.verwoerd.14 - 2012-11-11 03:11

      Just a thought people, how do we know if the guy was not perhaps robbed or defrauded & when he told the hotel that, they didn't believe him & called the cops?? So how does a person with no money or proper identification (presuming he was robbed) in a foreign country prove to a obviously hostile court (he's white they're not) that he was indeed accosted & that if he can get home he can sort this mess out???? If the hotel thinks he is lying & he really can't pay them while he is there, then obviously he is going to end up in jail. What then people??

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-11-11 07:25

      It is amazing how government officials will use red-tape to justify doing nothing. This should be an easy solvable situation, but people today are so completely inept.

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-11-11 07:35

      If News24 post an authentic bank account number many readers will contribute I am sure and the funds can be raised very quickly.

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-11-11 17:13

      @Hendrik, I don’t know if your offer to pay is genuine but if it is, then that offer and your comments so far make you presidential material. I understand your argument to be that in the greater scheme of things 6 grand is peanuts whether you’re in Moz or ZA. There are bigger multimillion dollar issues on the table. Imagine the kudos the SA or Moz gov would get even among their detractors if they said he’s learned his lesson since he’s been locked up for 3 months, pay the hotel and get the freeloader home. That certainly would not be opening the flood gates for freeloaders to trek (voortrek?) to Moz for free hotel jaunts. Unfortunately (given the bigger social issues in both countries) it’s small government minds which gloat over watching this fellow rot in jail AND..I repeat his poor family (poor family coz they can’t afford 6 grand) suffer coz of his deeds. Being South African should be enough for our government to do all it can to get one home especially if one ends up in k*kstraat coz of one’s stupid actions. We have set new standards of behavior as a country and maybe this is another opportunity to do so. I say let the government dip into the petty cash kitty, pay the bill, give him a harsh talking to and get him home.

  • banie.joubert - 2012-11-10 11:04

    Good for them. To many people incur debt and then think they can get away without paying. We need to follow their example and do the same.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-11-10 11:32

      Agree just take note of his families comment that they do not know how or where to pay tells you these pathetic spenders are not in the habit of paying

      maverick.generators - 2012-11-10 11:42

      Exactly! Amen to that!

      armand.horn.58 - 2012-11-10 14:56

      Hear, hear! I have a name or two that will qualify for that treatment!

  • kim.buren - 2012-11-10 11:04

    For crying out loud. R5300? Give me the details and I will pay it FFS. Our government has no morals. Get a life ANC !!

      leila.loupez - 2012-11-10 11:11

      What's the ANC got to do with this? I have trouble paying my bills, can I inbox you my bank details please?

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-10 11:14

      Just my thoughts too Kim!

      magdaleen.smuts - 2012-11-10 11:19

      Kim so its ok that we all can go to another country, stay in hotels and guesthouses and send the bill to the Goverment? This guy must take responsibility in person.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-10 11:22

      @kimmy. An attitude like yours towards others indicates a truly balanced and complete individual; a truly compassionate person, I salute you.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-10 11:34

      Surely three months in a Moz jail is a little excessive?

      wayne.quin - 2012-11-10 12:11

      kim just one thing to think about , i work in hotels and if people dont pay their bill STAFF has to every day ... some of my staff only get in rand R2500 a month do you think that is fare ?

      d4zza - 2012-11-10 12:16

      So generous Kim, I'm thinking of going to Dubai and not paying for the hotel there, maybe R15,000. If I give you the bank details maybe you can pay for me too. It really is definitely the government's fault that people rack up debt on luxury items. In case your missed it, I am being sarcastic. - 2012-11-10 12:27

      hahaha u r really mad!

      ntoagaeodirile.ntoagae - 2012-11-10 13:13

      @kim.buren, this has nothing to do with ANC or anyone for that matter, like it is said, it is a personal debt, don't be stupid

      kim.buren - 2012-11-10 13:39

      My pont here is that the SA government does not care fore it's citizens. A miserable R5000??? Come on. The SA government can rack up huge amounts of debt. Look at the cheque account of SA........ FFS. Government should start assisting SA's. Time and time again you see corporate companies supporting the needy in SA. My point is that the government does FA for the people

      phahla.matwa - 2012-11-10 15:02

      @ Kim. R u gonna bail out all the criminal wu r out there. R u free or dom

      Cuteandbronzed - 2012-11-10 23:45

      The ANC did not tel him to go on holiday....hahahahha

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-10 11:06

    Sorry for his family, but who the hell stays on in an hotel if they know they don't have the money for it? Stealing is stealing. Hy moet maar vir hom kry.

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-10 11:07

    Wow what a lekke holiday i wanna go there too!!

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-10 11:08

    Listen, firstly he was knowingly there, and knew he couldnt afford to pay ne? Bilking is a serious crime. Strange reaction from his family? EFT the money for heavens sake. HOWEVER............Moz is scary. 'They' are so corrupt that you have to have masses of 'small change' at the ready to pay your way into that country. A friend of mine had to pay a HUGE 'fine' beacuse his passport photo showed him sans sunglasses, and when he was at the border, he had them on??? R1000.00 instant fine, I kid you not. Zim, just as bad, in fact even worse.

      pieter.geldenhuys.129 - 2012-11-10 13:20

      WTH! Passport photo with sunglasses. Where did he get that? Disneyland? And just on the poor Mr Smith, really he can't get someone to loan him R6k, and he knew he was going to stay there.

      cherri.pye.5 - 2012-11-10 18:16

      @pieter - read yaya's post again "sans sunglasses" = "without sunglasses"....

  • Raymon - 2012-11-10 11:15

    This is typical African BS! Yes, the man must pay the bill, but what is their excuse for not allowing the man to contact someone (a relative or friend) to bail him out? A simple phone call would have solved the problem on the spot. Let him sit in jail for a day or two to teach him a lesson, and then allow him his phone call! Moz is just as f-ed up as the rest of Africa.

      modiri.molosiwa - 2012-11-11 12:20

      The whole time that he was enjoying hotel comfort yet knowing that he doesnt have money should have been used to call for help. So nobody prevented him from calling for help. Let him learn a lesson.

  • callie.delange.9 - 2012-11-10 11:19

    Well done Kim, get the details, get the man out of there and we will sort the rest out later.

  • barry.mcbride - 2012-11-10 11:26

    He was not charged by police but has spent the last three months in prison???

  • Erna - 2012-11-10 11:28

    Is this the official version? Sounds very stupid and fishy. Something like this shouldn't put someone in jail for 3 months. What happened to human rights? Probably more to this.

  • Lionel Simmers - 2012-11-10 11:31

    Stranger than fiction. Guy goes holidaying in Moz, does not pay his bill, his family is unconcerned for 3 months. How long would it have taken them to go there in person. Me thinks him a prodigal and his family fed up.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-10 11:31

    Sure enough!! Pay your bills,, but why the hell has it taken 3 months??? If it was a family member of mine or someone I know, I wouldve made some sort of plan and quick.

  • onkgopotse.mashego - 2012-11-10 11:33

    U think dis is Nandos wer dey wil make u wash 2000 dishes. Uthata machance nge R2,50 ufuna ukuwina imillion?? Sum countries r not lyk dis banana republic we live in

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-11-10 11:40

    Woooww!! Brilliant. Blame it on ANC.

      Cuteandbronzed - 2012-11-10 23:52

      I broke a nail.. ''F'' the ANC dam it

  • andrew.bell.3954 - 2012-11-10 11:50

    Hehehe, no pills for stupidity. Sit!

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-10 11:52

    Of course the anc is to blame they shure as hell can't do anything right don't come here with your anc antics we the people of south africa don't care about your corrupt party move to zumaville and stfu

      phahla.matwa - 2012-11-10 14:47

      It seems as if u hv mental issues. U need urgent help. Post apartheid stress

  • mlilomxolisi - 2012-11-10 11:55

    Umbedo lo he mst pay de bill or he mst ask zuma for a fovour to that 20million

  • Timur Safak - 2012-11-10 12:08

    how stupid is it to stay in a hotel if u cant afford it, wel at least the police arranged a place for him to stay for free.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-11-10 12:11

    Too many holes in this story, why did the guy stay in a hotel he knew he couldn't afford? Why has his family just left him to languish there for so long? And no, the ANC is not a sponsor of personal holidays people. The guy has a family!

      phae.rayden - 2012-11-10 12:21

      Iskasona, the ANC hold the position to administer our government. It's the SA governments money and the ANC don't own it, even if they behave as if they do. I agree the Government is in no way responsible for this man's debts, and the whole story seems very fishy.

      kimard - 2012-11-10 12:53

      the ANC only sponsor their own holidays on tax money - not some white civilian :)

  • d4zza - 2012-11-10 12:12

    Is the family a bit dof: "Smith's sister, Elize said his family was struggling to find out exactly what he did wrong and how they can get him back from Mozambique." - He didn't pay his bill, that's what is wrong. "They also do not know how to pay the bill and whether it needs to be done in that country." - So, call the hotel, and ask. And of course in that country, what do they think, they can EFT the Hilton here and hope for the best???

      ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-10 12:44

      And some morons chooses to see things different .

      phahla.matwa - 2012-11-10 14:38

      Sum ccs r blaming da anc. R u dom or stupid guys

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-10 12:31

    South Africa , land of fools ! We do better when it comes to the blaming game : ANC this , Apartheid that . What bothers here is our ignorance to what damage this does to us as people . If we were a normal society we were going to agree that the guy got service from the hotel and he must pay for that . Or we all agree to donate some R50 towards getting him out of there instead of biting each other's heads off . We need counselling as a nation after the damage done by ......oops there I go blaming again ...Apartheid and now ANC .

      precious.g.skosana - 2012-11-11 10:52

      Lol Hendrik

      KevvyW - 2012-11-11 12:24

      Hendrik, have u had any news concerning how to pay this money ?

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-11-10 12:49

    Good. Nothing for free. Dude must pay

      cherry.tcmr - 2012-11-11 10:38

      how can he pay when he is in jail. Anyone wants to pay for him contact the Fatima hotel and guesthouse or the SA High Commission. I find it difficult to believe that anyone who wants to help this man cannot find the correct info. Talk cheap

  • kimard - 2012-11-10 12:52

    something makes me think his family doesnt want to pay it - shees phone the embassy to get the detail. or hey what about the hotel name or what about the police? doh!

  • maverick.generators - 2012-11-10 12:54

    Wait. What? You guys pretend the government must pay this person's bill? Are you sick in the head? Ill book myself a 3 month holiday in Mauritius and then when i cant pay ill expect government to pay for me. Let him rot in jail, and please we need the same laws in SA. Im sick of chasing people who dont pay their accounts and laugh in my face.

      hendrik.verwoerd.14 - 2012-11-11 03:30

      @maverick.generators: the real question is, are you really going to send a 'father of 3 - who happens to be the soul bread winner in the family & who has really fallen on hard times - to jail, because he is only making enough now to afford feeding his family?? simply because you feel your debt is more important than putting food on the table?? How do you weed out the genuine situations where people really need a bit of help from those where the freeloaders just con us?? We can't, so I'd rather write off the freeloaders debt than see a man struggling to survive get punished for something that can happen to all of us.

      KevvyW - 2012-11-11 12:29

      Not cool. Where's the heart, when someone is really in a situation ?? Self, Self, Self........THAT is the biggest issue in this world toady...So Maverick whenever you hv children and they get onto trouble money wise, please use your law of punishment and let them rot also...Mmmmmmmm

  • jabumokoena.c.7 - 2012-11-10 12:56

    Sick family. Months with so solution .

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-10 12:56

    yeah wondering i am white and say i was there with a black friend and they locked us both up for not paying who are they gonna blame!apartheid or the anc or the govermont?Bet you every body is going to say it's pure stupidity which it actually is.You can't go on holiday and not have money to pay duh!!!!!

      phahla.matwa - 2012-11-10 14:34

      That's true man. U talk lyk a man. This guy failed 2 pay his bill. Sum ppl r blaming anc what a joke

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-10 13:01

    maverick i agree with you i wanna go with you i also need a holiday for mahala

  • sna.thambo - 2012-11-10 13:01

    kwaaa, chancers are everywhere. give that man a bells and let him learn a lesson for a yr in prision(holiday).kwaaaa chancer

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-11-10 13:04

    Don't these hotels insist on upfront payment using credit cards??? What would stop a bugger from getting lost if he's still owing for his lengthy stay?? Makes one wonder!!

  • JacoD001 - 2012-11-10 13:28

    If he wasn't charged by the police,is his jail time not illegal? It is a "private legal matter" according to the article. The whole thing seems flawed to me

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-11-10 13:51

    Is this for real?

  • nigel.olifaunt - 2012-11-10 13:51

    Let him rot there!

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-11-10 13:56

    They also do not know how to pay the bill and whether it needs to be done in that country. Email the hotel, get their banking details and do a transfer. Easy peasy. That's how.

  • richard.turner.7792052 - 2012-11-10 14:14

    If it had been one of the ANC they would have paid for it and given him a free home.

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-10 14:15

    I KNOW. He's running away from family or ANC. DON'T believe everything you read on news! There must be more to the story!

  • vince.hobs - 2012-11-10 14:18

    I am trying to get my head around thesecongrats sir for winning an extended holiday in moz.The last time I went to moz I paid,I envy you my man.Enjoy the free prawns and hake!.

  • tkmatewa - 2012-11-10 14:25

    its nice to have fun but if and only if you can afford it,let him dance his music hope he is enjoying it.

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-10 14:40

    I am ignorant of their laws, but if they are similar to ours this is a civil case which does not warrant imprisonment. As for our embassy in Mozambique I am curious to know if it was so difficult to settle that pittance and sue him for refund once he returns. Amazing how we worship money a useless thing that you don't even carry with you when you die. Pathetic when others indulge in millions for their personal use.

  • Mtau21 - 2012-11-10 15:58

    Some people make senseless or immature comments,what's ANC got to do with this?Cause he was on private visit to Mozambique.

  • elize.smith - 2012-11-10 17:58

    Hi, I am the sister-in-law. Let me set the record straight. We DID NOT ask for money. For the last 3 weeks, this government gave me the run around for what he was arrested for. The hotel confirmed, of which I have proof, that they are not interested in the money from the start. So why is he then in jail? A question I still needs an answer for!!!!!!!! This so called government know that the hotel bill is not an issue, as they were there when he was arrested. No criminal charges has been laid, so why is he sitting there for 3 months!!!!!!!!

      busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-11-10 19:31

      Terrorist or illegal alien

      daniewilken - 2012-11-10 21:07

      Hi Elize Is this Albert that use to sell car parts that is sitting in jail. He used to come to Port elizabeth. I hope he gets out soon. As far as I can remeber he is not that healthy. Wasn't he in a accident or something that had a severe affect on his health.

      elize.smith - 2012-11-10 21:29

      @Danie - Yes it is the same Albert.

      chabi.sesoko - 2012-11-10 23:12

      Elize, it is fraudulent not to pay a Hotel when checking out... it is not an international relations matter of Government...

      somikazi.pita - 2012-11-11 01:24

      So what do you suggest this \so called government\ should do?

      somikazi.pita - 2012-11-11 01:33

      So you want the \so called government\ to intervene? LOL...get outta here!

  • elize.smith - 2012-11-10 18:11

    After this story was published in Beeld on 9 Nov, by 16H00 yesterday afternoon we had all the info that was published. The reason why is took 3 months is because he is a lot overseas, we were only notified a month ago, after he has been in prison for 2 months already. The question should be, why is the government insisting on money that must be paid, if the money is no longer in the picture. Smells like corruption somewhere between SA and Mozambique.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-10 18:57

      @elize.smith:) if you don't mind could you, please, elaborate on this sad story about one of our citizen unlawfully languishing in a foreign prison if you say money is not an issue here why is he kept there. And this Simon Kgwethe of the so-called International Affairs, when he says the High Commissioner could not interfere because the bill is a private affair yet you say money is not an issue here. Don't they have in their laws what is called unlawful arrest? Please fill us in we are confused here. If you don't mind, of course.

      elize.smith - 2012-11-10 19:22

      @siphom.mnguni - that is the question we would like to have answers to as well. Why is he still sitting there if no criminal charges has been laid. I dont have all the details, but what I do know is that he got robbed at the hotel, and that is when this nightmare started. We got 3 different versions from the Embassy in Mozambique demanding money, from R30 000 to R60 000. According to them we must pay this money, without knowing the details of how the payment must be done, no details of the hotel where he stayed or any other information. We wasnt prepared to pay this money without all the details. Yesterday afternoon we got hold of the name of the hotel where he stayed, and contacted them to confirm the amount, it was then we were told by the owner itself that both the ambassor and the police in Mozambique are aware that the money is no longer involved (the details to this I am not aware of). The deportasion fee of R600 is payalbe, but our government or the government in Mozambique can not give me details of how this must be paid. I know that he has overstayed his visa with a few days, but sitting in jail for 3 months is surely not acceptable and witout letting his family know that he is there in jail.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-10 19:45

      @elize.smith:)thank you very much for enlightening me and hopefully others who were touched and saddened by this story. This vividly exhibits the kind of government we have if the citizen of the so-called powerhouse of Africa could just be let to rot in a foreign dungeon whilst people are enriching themselves at our own tax. I suspected as much that chances are he could've been mugged there in that dysfunctional countr. I am sorry and very much livid about this. But don't give up the fight, engage the highest authority. Publish this matter in all the media houses. Good luck!

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      berkshire88 - 2012-11-11 00:48

      He is apparently being held in the cells at the Brigada Montada-police station in Matola, Maputo. Somebody close by take R600 and drive to the station tomorrow and ask that he be released to you so that you can drive him back to SA. Whatever he did or didnt do, no one deserves three months in police cells for this.

      rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-11-11 07:17

      Now idont understand our goverment here as dptmnt of international relations said as its private visits they cant help him .my question here is how many foreighners who r at lindelani repatriation centre .n how much the money department of homer affairs over spent per month to transport this foreighners to their coutries. N why ist eazy to our goverment 2 spend the money to transport the foreighners to their countries where as only one proudly south african is in needed of help but the stake holders r not willing to help .its very sad to us south african , this is very inhuman

      ali.makhadzi - 2012-11-11 07:28

      Carte blanch or 3rd degree might assist. Those seems more reliable than our state.

  • Raymon - 2012-11-10 23:07

    Seems that most of you dumb-a$$es did not bother to even read the article. It clearly states that his sister tried in vain to find out what he had done wrong and how to get him back home.... To me this sounds typical Africa. The guy does not pay his bill and some f-ed up police officer fishing for a bribe puts the guy in prison without due process... When the police does this then its lawful.... When any normal citizen does this its called kidnapping for ransom...

  • chabi.sesoko - 2012-11-10 23:07

    Hi Elize, This is how you pay this bill... get to Mozambique where your brother stayed without paying... pay at reception, then get a receipt & go straight to jail to get him released... if they do not release him, then be patient they will parole him eventually !!

  • nico.leroux1 - 2012-11-11 04:16

    I think we should get the name of the hotel and blacklist them on Internet. Three months in jail!!!

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-11-11 04:55

    Stop bitching, pay and go home boet !

  • Andrew Bannister - 2012-11-11 06:02

    I have known Fatima for over 20 years. She is one of the most kind & ethical people I know. Her accommodation is also great value.

      elize.smith - 2012-11-11 11:00

      @Andrew, Fatima has been very helpfull in trying to resolve this matter since we contacted her on Friday afternoon. Since according to her this was never about the money. We are not sure about the full details about what happended in Mozambique, but it seems that everybody has their opinion about what happened. The problem is NOT the MONEY for the hotel bill. The problem is somewhere between SA and Mozambique, and is visa related.

  • Happyness - 2012-11-11 07:30

    I would like to know why he never contacted anyone (family, friends) to help him out with his bill if his goods were stolen. Yes he may have been robbed, but a phone call could have made all the difference. Why did it have to come to the stage where the family finds out after he's been in jail for three months? I hate saying this, but maybe there is something else? Apologies if I am wrong.

  • SALife - 2012-11-11 08:32

    Unfortunately for you I am a hotelier. There are issues here. One the fact that at the point of check-in he was not asked to pay in advance. But, more impotantly he purposefully intended t defraud the lodgings and here is the rub. Learn, hopefully, the lesson now and a few days in jail. It is wekk deserved. Bad debts provision is not intended to be reserved for criminals.

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-11 09:08

    I smell a very big rat here. The siste-in-law says he travels a lot overseas and they don't know were he stays is something to think about. When I went overseas I had all my accomodation details before leaving the country which I passed to my family. She says he stayed 2 months in prison before finding out. That is so incredible. A week will not pass-by before phoning my family and why is the sister-in-law doing this by herself. Where is the wife, brother, cousin or uncle??? The truth will come out!!!

  • thulanit - 2012-11-11 09:56