Five aspiring drivers lost money to a driving school employee who collected money for lessons and registration for examinations and gave them zero service in return.
Leon Peresu, 23, of Warren Park 1 said to be employed by You Steer Driving School stood at the Harare Magistrates' Court facing five counts of contravening Section 113(2)(C) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23, theft of trust property.
The court heard that on 29 October 2022 at Big Apple complex located at corner Mbuya Nehanda and Nelson Mandela Street in Harare, one Cephas Ndiniwe met Peresu and told him that he wanted to certification for a Class Two driver's licence.
Peresu told Ndiniwe that it would cost US$300 for lessons and road test.
Ndiniwe paid US$300 and was told to turn up the following day to start the lessons.
That was the last Ndiniwe saw of Peresu who was no longer answering his phone.
Another complainant, Munashe Gona was told by Peresu that it would cost him US$280 for lessons and road test.
After the payment Peresu became evasive.
On a separate day, Peresu met with Makina Stabile and charged her US$60 for driving lessons. Peresu again disappeared thereafter.
Fourth victim, Nature Gangunda, paid Peresu US$300 and ZWL$14 000 and like the others, got nothing in return.
Rabson Chitakura lost US$400 to Peresu under similar circumstances. Peresu was arrested after the victims filed reports with the police.
Magistrate Dennis Mangosi who presided over the matter granted Peresu ZWL$50 000 bail.
He ordered Peresu not to interfere with witnesses and to report once every Friday at the nearest police station.