TWO OK Supermarket’s Chipinge branch employees were last week arrested for stealing meat from their employer.
Sibusiwe Dhliwayo (26) and Tapiwa Kayana (33), who were employed as canteen chefs, appeared before Chipinge magistrate, Mr Poterai Gwezhira, facing theft charges on Monday.
Dhliwayo pleaded guilty, while Kayana pleaded not guilty.
Prosecuting, Mr Gift Bikita said on June 24, Dhliwayo went to the butchery section and collected meat for the take away department.
“Dhliwayo stole T-born steak and some sausages.
“She put the meat in her bag. She also stole some pork and placed it in Kayana’s handbag without her knowledge.
“On the same day around 3pm, Dhliwayo and Kayana knocked off and on their way out, their handbags were searched by security officers, leading to the discovery of the meat in their bags,” said Mr Bikita.
Asked why she committed the offence, Dhliwayo cited her low salary.
“Your Worship, I only earn $2 000, which is not enough for the whole month. I was tempted to steal the meat because there was nothing to eat at home.
“I am pleading for leniency from the court because poverty pushed me into committing the offence,” she said.
Mr Gwezhira ordered Dhliwayo to pay a fine of $1 800 by July 7, 2020.
Kayana will be back in court on July 17 for trial and was remanded out of custody.