Former National Healing minister Moses Mzila-Ndlovu was on Wednesday detained by Plumtree police after his dogs reportedly attacked a herd of cattle belonging to a neighbour leading to the death of one of the cows.
The cattle had strayed into his farm in December last year.
Mzila-Ndlovu`s case which was supposed to be heard at Plumtree magistrates’ court, Thursday, did not kick-off as the prosecution instructed the police to carry out more investigations.
The matter will now proceed by way of summons.
Mzila-Ndlovu is facing a charge of malicious damage to property and is being represented by Nqobani Sithole of Ncube Attorneys.
Sithole described charges against his client as weird.
“The complainant is a good candidate for criminal trespass as defined by section 132 which state in 132 (1)(a) ” any person who enters any land knowing or realising that there is a real risk or possibility that such entry is forbidden shall be guilty of criminal trespass and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both,” said Sithole.
According to State papers seen by CITE, on December 28 Mzila-Ndlovu set his dogs on Lungisani Ncube’s two cows.
“Mzila-Ndlovu stays at Mapungubga farm in Figtree. He unlawfully set his dogs to bite Ncube’s cows (one black and one brown). The brown cow succumbed to severe injuries from the dog bites while the black one is still recovering. A veterinary doctor examined it and compiled a report,” read the papers.
The cow which died is valued at ZWL12000.