Mphoko’s son imprisoned

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Former Vice President Phekezela Mphoko’s son Siqokoqela has been sent to remand prison on Thursday for violating part of his bail conditions which ordered him not to interfere with State witnesses.

Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushowe ruled that Mphoko had violated the bail conditions he was handed , pending his trial over fraud charges.

Siqokoqela, who is the Director of Nanavac (Private) Limited, a partner to Botswana registered Choppies Distribution Centre is facing charges of hijacking the Choppies retail business and “looting” more than $50 000 worth of cash and goods from the outlets countrywide.

He was remanded out of custody to September 14 on $200 bail and as  part of the bail conditions, Mphoko was ordered not to interfere with State witnesses.

Siqokoqela, appeared before magistrate Mushowe, who accused him of interfering with state witnesses, which is in violation of his bail conditions, before remanding him in custody.  

His lawyer Khulekani Sibanda said they will file an appeal with the High Court.  

“He (Mphoko) was accused of meeting State witnesses, which is a violation of his bail conditions. However we are going to file an urgent appeal to the High Court which we will file by end of day tomorrow (today),” he said.