Nearly three years after he was incarcerated for fleecing his late boss of P3.9 million, Zimbabwean gardener- Bhekhizwe Nkomazana today changed his plea and admitted guilt, telling the court that he can no longer stand the unrelenting prison conditions.
When appearing in court this morning without his attorney, Kgosietsile Ngakaagae, Nkomazana pleaded guilty to all the 10 charges he is facing.
In 2016 Nkomazana who worked as a gardener for the late Solomon Thapane allegedly sold his employer’s house for P3.5 million with the help of lawyers who allegedly helped him forge the title deed.
It is alleged that he also sold Thapane’s ploughing field for P600,000.
Other charges include bribing officials from the National Registration Office to obtain Omang and a birth certificate and also bribing officials from the Department of Road Transport and Safety to fraudulently obtain a Botswana driver’s licence.
Nkomazana told Broadhurst Magistrate, Gaseitsewe Tonoki, that life in prison is hell on earth and that he has even lost weight due to the unbearable conditions.
He pleaded with the court to grant him bail promising to comply with the conditions as jail is not a hotel and he is not comfortable.
The accused has applied for bail several times even at the High Court but he was not successful because prosecutors believe he is a flight risk.
The prosecution further stated that the accused person had two identity cards, a Zimbabwe passport and a Botswana passport.
Detective Senior Superintendent Sergeant Marapo told court that trial dates will be set in the next mention when Nkomazana and other 11 accused persons who are out on bail come to court.
Magistrate Tonoki denied Nkomazana bail and extended his remand until the 31st of January when he is scheduled to appear for mention.