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From hero to handcuffs: Viral social media detective Tafadzwa Chidawa arrested for car theft

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Life has taken an unexpected turn for Tafadzwa Chidawa, widely known as Detective Kedha on social media, as he finds himself entangled in car theft charges.

Detective Kedha gained fame for his viral videos capturing his pursuit and ‘apprehension’ of thieves in the bustling streets of Harare CBD.

The former police officer made a court appearance recently, answering to allegations of stealing a vehicle valued at US$12,000 from South Africa and illicitly bringing it into Zimbabwe.

The prosecution claims that Detective Kedha appropriated a Toyota Hilux double cab from South Africa in December 2022, maneuvering its entry into the country. Subsequently, he is accused of orchestrating the fraudulent registration of the vehicle with the Zimbabwean plate number AGE 6745. The vehicle was purportedly sold to Melody Kufakwemba for $12,000.

On January 2 of the following year, detectives intercepted the vehicle while it was being driven by Kufakwemba’s son-in-law. Upon registration verification, it was revealed that the vehicle had been deceptively registered. The authorities impounded the vehicle and confirmed its status as stolen from South Africa upon checking with INTERPOL’s international stolen vehicle database.

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