Man thanks God for his arrest



HARARE – A DARING cell phone thief stunned the court when he said his arrest at the City Sports Centre was a blessing in disguise as he could have died during the fracas that erupted at the Zim dancehall show on November 8.

Tafadzwa Durawo was arrested at the entrance of the show after stealing a cell phone belonging to Tawanda Jowah who was intending to enter into the show’s venue.

Durawo was arrested and taken to police cells before the violence erupted. “I would like to thank God for this arrest. I consider myself a lucky person amongst the thousands that attended the show.

“I heard that people died at that show and I am happy that I was arrested before the violence. I could have lost my life during that show as well. “But I did not steal the cell phone in question,” he said when the State led by Nyikadzino Machingura was cross examining him.

But his statement could not spare him conviction after magistrate Victoria Mashamba found him guilty of stealing Tawanda’s cell phone. Prosecutor Machingura said that on November 8 at around 2345hrs Tawanda and Tafadzwa were at the City Sport Centre with the former intending to enter into the show.

But Tafadzwa had a different mission-stealing from unsuspecting dancehall music lovers.

The court heard that there was a moment when people started shoving and pushing each other ending up with Tafadzwa stealing Tawanda’s ZTE cell phone worth US$25.

He was arrested and taken to court where he was convicted of theft.

Tafadzwa will know his fate today when magistrate Mashamba is expected to sentence him.

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  1. anonomous November 30, 2014 at 6:35 am - Reply

    how desperate can one be risking jail time just for $25

    • michael sithole September 30, 2016 at 9:21 am - Reply

      this is ridiculous

  2. chris December 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Being send to court for 25 dollar worth cellphone. Haaa

    • Elton February 5, 2017 at 11:48 pm - Reply

      kkkkkkk thats the funniest thing i ever heard

  3. trinity December 11, 2014 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Kufira mafufu segonzo

  4. barnaz December 17, 2014 at 8:20 am - Reply

    muregererei amana 25 mari wotosungisa munhu maZimba musadaro mumwe wenyu

    • Chido August 18, 2016 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Information inside the fon may be more than $25 worth therefore the thief deserves his time in jail..

      • george March 3, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

        but yu would hv lost the infor either way chichi

    • dee August 3, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

      ngatikwanei baba

  5. TAKUNDA December 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm - Reply


  6. muchinyanya December 19, 2014 at 8:12 am - Reply

    maone kutopinda mujail ne $25

  7. Sharlene December 21, 2014 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    $25 wow

  8. josh December 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    ngaarohwe zvekuti haazvipamhi

  9. joshua risinamhodzi February 4, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    its because of indolence

  10. RUMBIE March 10, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

    mviromviro dzemhanza mapfeka ndopazvinotangira ngaadimburwe muswe usati waenderera mangwana anoba zvihombe

  11. thabo March 18, 2015 at 7:31 am - Reply

    poor man

  12. takunda madechangu March 25, 2015 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    pane kakusakwana kanorarama matiri …………..UKU KUSHAYA KUMAMISWA…….kushaya rohwo

  13. mykel July 15, 2016 at 6:55 am - Reply

    zvinenge zvamubata anoda kupeputswa uyu

  14. marcus July 26, 2016 at 12:20 am - Reply

    yu think $25 is a small amount, kana irishoma mupewo iwewe awithdrawe case yacho. a thief is a thief thats wy the courts vakati any value above $10 should be brought to court. hw many phones did he steal that day dzisina kubatwa? yu talk of $25, what of the information contained in tghe cell? ngatisanyepere tsitsi dzisina basa

  15. mablanko September 2, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

    wotowana hope usiku wasungisira munhu 25 nyala. remember wakambondivhara flash rangu. tmr uchapindawo mu zandoni katsi yemunhu

    • chatibwege September 18, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

      hahahahaha kana kutokotsira zvekurovha kubasa jss imagine kt mafon mangani aakaba before mamwe ema$1000 or more ngaagareko even 10 years bhoo

  16. thief October 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    hupenyuuuuuuuu vakomaa

  17. mumu October 19, 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    hahaha akanyanya

  18. tryes November 12, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Mbavha imbavha hazvina kutangira ipapo. Vanomutsigira imbavhawo

  19. takudzwa December 20, 2016 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Ha mbavha imbavha munhuu ngaasungwe vanomutsigira imbavha vamwe vake

  20. lorraine March 15, 2017 at 6:54 am - Reply

    his target was not even that.imbavha munhu iyeye

  21. wezhira April 12, 2017 at 12:57 am - Reply

    As well hanged for a ship and a lamb. Mutero wembwa ndoumwe kunyange chingava chipopi. Uyu imbava zvisinei nokuti phone yaikosha zvadini

  22. gie April 12, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

    paaiba ruoko rwake harunzwi kt ka small fon. akadii kuisiya. apa arutoti thank God ndakasungwa bfo violence

  23. christopher nyamuzinga April 17, 2017 at 5:30 am - Reply

    The wrath of the law must take its course

  24. allen May 26, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

    i support you chris because the value is not important but the conduct violated against human conduct is the one this thief is going to get penalized for. he commited an act that is indurious to the society .

  25. Gloria Ndlovu July 2, 2017 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Guess he deserves his punishement…no sin is smaller than the other hey!

  26. Milan July 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    mbavha imbavha chero aba $1 aba ngaavharirwe

  27. tsololo July 25, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    let him face his fat. maybe he stole thousands of cellphones. piwa mutongo

  28. Hamutyiwi August 14, 2017 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Kkkk kutogeza kuchenawozvo achiti oendepi kunoba dai ndirini magestrite ndaimupa a long jail term for that $25 fone

  29. tsotsi September 1, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

    dei akapiwa 25 years since akba fone ye $25

  30. Zakkes September 5, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Arrest him and throw away the keys

  31. Zhou October 18, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

    He is even thanking God for the arrest & some guys are even feeling pity for him kkkkkk

  32. sircarry February 16, 2018 at 9:28 am - Reply

    mbavha gororo kuchenjera kuba

  33. jabs April 19, 2018 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Haana kutangira ipapa.Akatoba ino costa$200.Batai munhu.

  34. jabs April 19, 2018 at 8:58 am - Reply

    He’s already stolen expensive ones costing $250.Take him in!

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