BULAWAYO’S ”FEMALE PABLO” CAPTURED
South African based Kwanele Sibanda (26) is under fire from the law after allegedly sending Tholiwe Sheron Tshuma (25) from Bulawayo to collect 3,14kgs of coke on her behalf last month.
It is reported that the drugs that Sibanda asked Tshuma to get have an estimated street value of $314 300.
Police arrested Sibanda on Friday, and was not asked to plead to charges of dealing in dangerous drugs before Bulawayo magistrate Mr Sheunesu Matova who advised her to look for a lawyer.
“For today, the State has managed to furnish me with compelling reasons to remand you in custody,” he said.
Prosecuting, Mr Tawurai Hondoyemoto opposed bail saying Sibanda could flee the country and abscond court as she had been using an expired passport in the neighbouring country.
“The accused person is a Zimbabwean who has been residing in South Africa for the past 10 years. Her Zimbabwean passport expired and she did not bother to renew it. The information at hand is that she came to the country by means of border jumping and she might not come to court as she managed to enter the country without proper documents,” he said.
Sibanda said she had a passport, but it had expired hence she intended to renew it in Harare.
“I have a passport though it has expired and it is not true that I have been in South Africa for 10 years. I have never seen the cocaine or dealt with it,’ she said.
The Magistrate remanded her in custody to May 28 saying the State had provided solid reasons to remand her in custody.