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    Thank God we have The Mirror – triumphant cop tells court


    MASVINGO – A Police detective who busted a syndicate that allegedly swindled tens of job seekers of their hard-earned cash on the guise that it will get them nurse training places has thanked The Mirror for its investigative journalism that exposed the crime.
    Addressing Masvingo Magistrates' Court under cross examination on Monday, Detective Power Gwande said that the scam that nagged the Ministry of Health and Child Care for a long time was exposed by The Mirror.
    Asked by Defence Lawyer Owen Mafa of Mutendi, Mudisi and Shumba Legal Practitioners as to who complained to the Police about the case; Gwande said investigations started after Police read a comprehensive story on the crime in The Mirror.
     "Thank God we have journalists who practice investigative journalism at Masvingo Mirror. This is where we read the story and started investigations. More than 55 complianants who were swindled of their hard-earned cash have since come forward and we have opened dockets," said Detective Gwande.
    The Mirror broke the story on September 21, 2017 after its reporters noticed adverts on social media including whatsapp for nurse training places and called the advertisers. The reporters became more suspicious when they phoned the numbers and the advertisers asked for bribes of $840.
    Further investigations also showed that these advertisers had placed an advert in The Herald also inviting interested job seekers to apply. The Mirror called several senior officials in the Ministry of Health and Child Care who all disowned the advert and instead informed The Mirror of conmen going around using senior nurses and doctors' names to swindle job seekers.
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