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TWO men who were deported from South Africa during the post-xenophobia swoop on foreigners by the police in May were arrested in Mutare after they stole two bottles of Viceroy and two of whisky from OK supermarket.

Tawanda Shumba, 27, of Hwange and Lewis Moyo, 27, of Victoria Falls appeared before magistrate Sekai Chiundura and pleaded guilty to shoplifting charges.

They were sentenced to five days in jail but given an option to pay $30 fine each.

Asked why they stole the alcohol, the two left the court in stitches when they said they were deported from Durban during the xenophobic attacks without money or anything to sustain themselves.

“Your Worship we have resorted to stealing so that we make money to eke out a living. We were deported from Durban without money,” the pair pleaded during mitigation.

But Chiundura told them to find honest means of earning a living and abstain from stealing.

Prosecutor Shepherd Chavarika told the court that on Sunday the pair entered OK supermarket at 1300hrs and took two bottles of viceroy and two of whisky and hid them inside their trousers.

The two were not aware that they were being watched by the OK CCTV operator Themba Ndebvu who tipped security guards manning the entrance and exit points.

When the duo tried to exit the shop they were caught by security guards who handed them over to police.

Source : New Zimbabwe