Zim businessman wrest control of his R4m Rolls Royce Ghost from SA authorities

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Zimbabwean businessman Frank Buyanga has thumbed his nose at South African authorities, including the South African Revenue Services (SARS) and the police, after wresting control of his R4 million Rolls Royce Ghost.

This comes after a protracted four-year battle between the Pretoria authorities and the maverick businessman, and in which the posh car was controversially auctioned in March by Tom Moyane’s organisation.

When the Auto Haus Car Hire (Auto Haus)-owned Rolls Royce was sold off in South Africa (SA) – along other high-end vehicles owned by alleged mafia boss Radovan Krejcir and ex-strip tease joint-operator Lolly Jackson – Buyanga’s lawyers accused SARS of wrongfully impounding and auctioning the car.

In his court application, Engelbertus Grove not only accused SARS of disregarding his client’s ownership proof and pleas for the reason why the Rolls Royce was forfeited in 2014, but queried the South African revenue agency’s locus standi in seizing the transit car.

“Despite its invitation… the applicant (Auto Haus) did not receive correspondence (approval or disapproval) of its submissions of 14 November 2014. Had there been correspondence, the applicant does not have same in its possession..,” he said in his founding affidavit opposing the sale of the vehicle.

“Apart from running into a brick wall, the respondent (SARS) did not provide the applicant with reasons, alternatively sufficient reasons why it refuses to accept the evidence presented… on ownership in the vehicle,” Grove said, adding a slew of documents from Deca Motors International Limited (Deca) and Ian Frank Properties’ agency role proved “prima facie ownership, as no evidence to the contrary was produced”.

“Despite the allegations of a so-called police investigation since 2010, no evidence was presented to counteract the evidence… regarding the applicant’s claim of ownership of the vehicle.”

While the swanky ride was originally taken by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in 2010 on suspicion that it had been stolen by a syndicate at the Durban harbour, the car was eventually forfeited and auctioned off by Sechaba Trust (Sechaba) earlier this year – although Buyanga has inexplicably repossessed the car.

But Buyanga and Auto Haus insisted that they had duly presented the documents required by the police at the time, and which included the bill of entry, import permit and proof of purchase from Deca.

In particular, the parties also said they had tendered an electronic SARS release note – known as the SAD500 form – as proof of the vehicle’s clearance for importation and its British registration papers and Rolls Royce certificate of newness.

But despite this overwhelming evidence and documentation, and London authorities’ denial that the Rolls Royce was reported stolen, SAPS and its revenue counterpart held out to their positions – thus raising questions about the South African judicial system’s impartiality as well.

“The applicant is awaiting reasons for the refusal of the latest representations made to the respondent. All or any discrepancies that were contained in documentation – were to the knowledge of the applicant – explained to the respondent. To the applicant, it seems as if the respondent unilaterally ignored the complete evidence to date,” Grove had said in his application and attacked SARS for its “irrational and unreasonable” behaviour.

On account of a letter that said “until such time as your interest in the vehicle has been clarified, the commissioner was under no obligation to allow you to inspect the vehicle”, Buyanga’s camp railed at the revenue collector for its bias and mala fide behaviour in dealing with this matter.

“…no one in the world (has) claimed ownership in the vehicle. The whole picture portrayed… that there was an investigation and that the car may have been stolen from the Durban harbour, is clearly without merit,” the lawyers said, adding “the only available evidence and claim to ownership was that of the applicant”, and their client had even attempted “to clear queries” from the Pretoria agencies.

Having paid a full purchase price for the vehicle, Auto Haus had failed to earn any income on the asset for five years and “the respondent had effectively stolen income from the applicant with its refusal to accept the best – and only evidence and claim – to ownership in the vehicle”, they added.

“To invite the applicant on the one hand… and proceed with the sale of the vehicle is not reasonable either, and neither does it reflect fair process. The applicant only obtained knowledge of the sale on 06 March 2015, thereby realising that the respondent (had)… closed the door on the matter…,” Grove said.

“The procedural fairness by the respondent is also disputed. The respondent unilaterally decided on the presentation of specified documents as so-called proof of ownership. In so deciding, the applicant ignored the proof that was presented as well as the fact that this represents the only claim. The approach is at best, arbitrary,” the hard-hitting affidavit said.

Furthermore, Buyanga’s corner vowed that it would “dispute the respondent’s jurisdiction to deal with the vehicle as a further point to nullify” SARS’s actions and as it “was never imported into SA”, but destined for Zimbabwe.

“By retaining the vehicle in SA… further deprives the Zimbabwean authorities of import taxes… on the actual import of the vehicle into that country,” it said.

Despite the ordeal, Buyanga was even prepared for a compromise based on Auto Haus paying any applicable duties, penalties or charges connected to the detention of the coveted marquee and any other conditions that SARS may have wanted.

And at the height of the bruising battle, SAPS officers even claimed they could not access Buyanga as he was under armed guard.

But as the saga came to an interesting halt, the 34 year-old businessman has been seen being driven in the expensive sedan on Harare’s streets for over a month now.

While Buyanga has “mysteriously managed to lay his hands on the auctioned car” and has been driving it in Zimbabwe for about two months now, the development is likely to embarrass many in SA, especially given that it was disposed barely 120 days ago.
Source: dailynews.

photo-APPARITIONAL… The controversial Rolls Royce Ghost owned by businessman Frank Buyanga and parked at his Cell Funeral Assurance offices along new hearses in Harare’s Herbert Chitepo Street. source-bulawayo24

Matebeleland, Bulilima villagers assault tribalists, who harassed Shona speaking villagers

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TWO notorious villagers from Bulilima who were recently embarrassed by community members for harassing Shona-speaking villagers have been each sentenced to 15 months imprisonment.

Obvious Ncube (34) and Shalen Dumani (23) of Zuzaphi area attacked villagers who were at a business centre in protest over Shona-speaking people in the area.

They also damaged property at a local businessman’s shop after accusing him of employing a Shona person as his shopkeeper.

Disgruntled community members then stripped them naked, assaulted them and paraded them.

Ncube and Dumani were convicted of assault and malicious damage to property charges by Plumtree magistrate Mr Livard Philemon.

They were each sentenced to 15 months imprisonment of which three months were suspended for five years on condition that they do not within the period commit an offence of the same nature.

Three more months were further suspended on condition of restitution.

Speaking in court, Dennis Muvuri who is employed as a shopkeeper at Zuzaphi business centre said the pair arrived at the bottle store and demanded to know why there were Shona people in the community.

“They picked up stones and they started to beat up people who were in the bottle store who comprised teachers and community members, accusing them of being Shona.

“They also damaged property that was in the bottle store Your Worship and demanded all Shona people to leave the community,” he said.

When both men appeared before the court on initial remand recently they revealed that villagers first removed their clothes and left them in their underwear and went on to assault them.

They said they were then force marched around the community with villagers ordering them to apologise for being a menace.

Prosecuting, Mr Clemence Shawarira said Dumani and Ncube assaulted Never Sibanda (58) on 5 June at around 8pm after they found him seated with Shona-speaking people.

He said they went on to smash empty beer bottles against the wall.

Mr Shawarira said Sibanda told the two men to mind their own business and this did not go down well with them.

“Dumani and Ncube started throwing empty beer bottles around the bottle store and they were reprimanded by the owner of the bottle store.

“In a bid to avoid further confrontations the complainant left the bottle store to collect his bicycle,” said Mr Shawarira.

He said Dumani and Ncube ambushed Sibanda and they struck him several times with a log on his head and body.

He said the complainant sustained a fractured arm and severe injuries on his body as a result of the attack.

Mr Shawarira said Dumani and Ncube fled from the scene but they were later arrested.

He said the value of damaged property at the shop is $600.

The pair destroyed 48 beer bottles, a zinc roller door, 16 plastic chairs and two empty crates. Source: sundaynews by Sukulwenkosi Dube

Chief Zimunya says Chinese firm, ‘Anjin Investment’ took bones of Zimunya & Marange people, away.

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MUTARE: Chief Zimunya from Manicaland province attacked top politicians Friday whom he said were colluding with the Chinese to violate people’s rights in the Marange area.

Chief Zimunya was addressing the Manicaland Provincial Alternative Indaba 2015 which was convened by Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association (ZELA).

He said politicians despise traditional leaders and hence they pass them on important issues such as diamond mining.

The livid chief said an example of this was on the issue of the Chinese mining firm, Anjin Investment, which he said packed human bones into sacks and took them an unknown destination when they started mining in the area.

He said the Chinese excavators left some human bones uncovered and this has angered ancestral spirits and the community at large.

“There is one thing I am not happy about when we talk of mining in Marange. That is the issue of the bones of our ancestors and relatives which were taken by Chinese miners,” said the chief.

“Where did they take the bones to? These are bones of Zimunya and Marange people. There were no rituals which were carried out to address this matter”.

According to human rights groups, close to 400 people were killed in the diamond rich area when government launched a crackdown code named Operation Hakudzokwi (No Return) which was meant to flush out illegal miners.

Chief Zimunya said he was bitter that some top government officials were pretending not to be versed on African tradition, preferring to collude with the Chinese instead of reining them in.

“We have top government officials who try to pretend as if they don’t know much about our culture.

“They work with the Chinese but they don’t reprimand them when they (Chinese) violate our culture.

“The politicians are only interested in lining their pockets while our cultural and social rights are violated. Why can’t they teach them (Chinese) about our culture?” said Chief Zimunya.

He pleaded with ZELA to help the local community to sue the Chinese for taking bones of the deceased people to an unknown destination without proper consultation.

“Our ancestors are so angry about what happened in Marange. That`s why things are not going on well in Marange. Things were not done properly from the start. by Manicaland Correspondent. source-newzimbabwe

photo-Mugabe with the Chinese who are said to be looting diamonds from Marange -nehandaradio.

AIPPA law- ‘ Journalist sentenced to 1yr in prison for publishing a newspaper without gvt registration’

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A ZIMBABWEAN journalist has been sentenced to a year in jail for publishing a newspaper without government registration, the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) said Friday.

Foster Dongozi, ZUJ secretary-general, said Patrick Chitongo was convicted by a magistrate’s court on Thursday and received a one-year prison sentence.

“It’s a sad day for press freedom when people are jailed for disseminating information,” Dongozi told AFP.

“However, we advise that, much as we disagree with the law which compels journalists to register, those intending to practise or publish should comply to avoid ending up in dicey situations.”

Regional media freedom advocacy group, the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA), said Chitongo had been jointly charged with three interns after publishing three issues of a newspaper called The Southern Mirror.

They were charged with breaching the country’s media laws, which forbid “carrying on or operating a mass media service without a valid registration certificate.”

Chitongo’s co-accused were acquitted after the court found that they were college students who did not have a say in the paper’s publication.

Chitongo denied the charges, saying the publications were dummies he intended to hand in to the media commission for registration.

Under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, journalists have to register annually with a government-appointed commission and publishers need to have a registration certificate. by AFP. source-newzimbabwe

Harare Town Clerk, Tendai Mahachi, hides in toilet from angry women vendors

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CHAOTIC scenes characterised Harare City council officials’ bid on Friday to register thousands of vendors dotted around the capital ahead of a planned relocation to “designated vending sites”.

Harare Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi was forced to seek refuge in a council toilet after angry women vendors confronted him over accusations of nepotism.

Violence broke out with the women joined by other vendors to bring down a hastily erected marquee before Mahachi scurried for cover.

“You are all corrupt, bringing people from Mupedzanhamo (a market in Mbare) into town when there are people who have operated in this area for seven years,” shouted one woman.

A rattled Mahachi later told journalists it was the act of “elements bent on disrupting the people’s programme” but promised to investigate the matter.

“If you go around the city you will realise that people are registering smoothly; everything started well but there are elements trying to stop the whole process,” a visibly ruffled Mahachi said.

“We will bring people to protect the officials doing work here so that they continue.

“We will try to have everyone registered and the accusations they are making here will also be investigated. But if they remain unregistered then let the law take its course”.

While claiming he was not “angry (becaause) these are our people and we need to empower them”, Mahachi said he was looking critically into the issue.

“Council knows how many people are going to be accommodated and we will bring other people into designated spots from other illegal areas,” he said but insisted unnamed “elements” were out to disrupt progress.

However, for some vendors it was business as usual in the streets of Harare as they went about selling their wares despite a government ultimatum to vacate the city centre by June 26.

Government had initially given the vendors a seven-day ultimatum amid a still-borne threat to use the army to drive the informal traders off the streets.

Human rights groups and the opposition approached the High Court, accusing the government of trying to illegally bring the army into a civil matter, forcing an immediate climb-down by the administration

Defence Minister Sidney Sekeramayi then declared the military would not take part in the vendors’ removal adding officials would have to consult the police if the need arose. source-newzimbabwe

photo-Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi-nehandaradio

60yrs on, Rio Tinto Plc sells diamond & coal mining assets to RZ Murowa Holdings, & withdraws

GLOBAL giant Rio Tinto Plc on Friday announced the sale of its diamond and coal mining assets in Zimbabwe to RZ Murowa Holdings, marking the withdrawal of one the world’s iconic mining firms from the country after a 60 year presence.

Before the announcement, Rio owned 78 percent of the Murowa diamond mine in central Zimbabwe and 50 percent of the undeveloped Sengwa coal project. Rio’s Zimbabwean spin-off, RioZim, owns 22 percent of Murowa and 50 percent of Sengwa.

Sengwa, with an estimated coal resource of 1,3 billion tonnes, is the site of a planned 2,000 megawatt thermal power station – enough to meet Zimbabwe’s current peak electricity demand. Murowa is a world-class diamond miner, churning out 300,000 carats annually.

Zimbabwe’s government has, however, announced plans to nationalize all diamond mining, including Murowa.

Details of RZ Murowa Holdings are unclear, but a statement issued by Rio suggests it is an entity controlled by the Zimbabwean-listed RioZim, whose largest shareholders are Harpal Randhawa’s GEM (24 percent) and Old Mutual, with 11 percent shareholding.

“Rio Tinto has completed the sale of its 78 per cent interest in Murowa Diamonds and 50 per cent interest in Sengwa Colliery Ltd (Sengwa) to RZ Murowa Holdings Limited.

RioZim Limited, an independent Zimbabwean mining company listed on the Zimbabwean Stock Exchange already holds a 22 per cent interest in Murowa Diamonds and a 50 per cent interest in Sengwa and will assume the overall management of both entities,” Rio announced.

“Rio Tinto believes that the future of these assets can be best managed by entities with existing interests in Zimbabwe.”

Rio Tinto Diamonds and Minerals chief executive Alan Davies said the firm remains committed to the diamond industry and is focused on operating its two world-class underground mines whilst obtaining the approvals for its advanced diamond project in India.source-newzimbabwe

3 Zimbabwean cross border buses and 2trucks burnt in Johannesburg, South Africa

Three Zimbabwean cross border buses and two trucks were yesterday burnt in the Newton area of Johannesburg, South Africa. Buses belonging to  were reduced to shells by fire believed to have emanated from a cigarette butt. The incident occurred at around 4pm in Newton, along Main Street, where most Zimbabwean cross border buses park before leaving South Africa for Zimbabwe. The trucks were carrying luggage destined for various towns in Zimbabwe, including Gweru and Harare. Zimbabwe’s Consular-General to South Africa Mr Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro said the cause of the fire was yet to be established. “Indications are that the fire started from an Elite coaches bus which then spread to Munhenzwa and Hi-Tech and the two trucks. However, no human life was claimed though property worth thousands of rands was reduced to ashes. “We are yet to establish the total value of the property which was destroyed. Our officers are still on the ground,” he said. Mr Mukonoweshuro said fire-fighters tried to pull the Munhenzwa bus from the scene, but it was too late. One of the witnesses identified only as Mai Kuda, said the cause of the fire was still a mystery. “It is a shock how a cigarette butt can be said to have caused so much damage to three buses and trucks. I heard that there was fire here and rushed to check if there were any people I knew, fortunately nobody was hurt except groceries and various properties which were damaged,” she said. Of late there has been an upsurge in robberies by criminals purporting to be South African police officers targeting Zimbabwean cross border buses outside Polokwane and Pretoria cities. The suspects are yet to be accounted for. Efforts to get comments from authorities at Munenzwa, Hi-Tech and Elite coaches were fruitless last night. One of the ladies who works at the Newton area, Ms Tendai Zhou, said other bus crews had to drive off from the area as the fire raged on. “The situation was terrible and we suspect that the fire was started deliberately by jealous people considering that most of the buses have been robbed along the N1 Highway. “In most cases we will be having more than 50 buses here especially those going to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia,” she said. Buses Source: herald .

‘Powerful Angolan , interests and investments in Portugal , are, a form of reverse colonization’

The Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos  has ruled Angola since independance, uninterrupted for 36 years since Independance in 1975. Angola is rich in Oil  and diamonds yet at least 40%  of the country’s  population live  below the poverty line, but unsurprisingly so, corrupt, powerful Angolan government and military figures live filthy rich lives whilst the rest suffer. Their investment interests and opportunities are not only limited to Angola but reach out far and wide with a key target being  portugal, the former colonial master.
Angola was colonised by Portugal but now Portuguese journalists are highly worried by Angola’s growing investment and influence in Portugal.
Powerful Angolan figures who have built up wealth through  petrodollars and diamonds, are clearly now pursuing powerful Angolan interests or investment opportunities across Portugal as they have embarked on a  buying spree , through which  Angolan capital is invested in Portugal, resulting in an investment  increase of an estimated 35 times over the last decade.
To the discerning eye, in Portugal,   this is a form of “reverse colonization,”  because the former colonised, now free Angolans have invested heavily in Portugal’s banking, telecommunications,  energy companies, and in shares in the Portuguese media sector.

The Portuguese realise how unstable the economy is, with uncertainty in Portugal, where the eurozone crisis has brought a financial bailout attached with deep budgetary cuts. Faced with unavoidable, harsh austerity measures, the Portuguese are equally concerned about creating a rift from Angolan investors, most of whom , have  close connections  to Angola’s powerful presidential circle and the MPLA (People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola), which has ruled the Angola  since independence in 1975.

Angolan, Isabel dos Santos, a woman worth US$3,7 billion is  President José Eduardo dos Santos, eldest daughter ,  a powerful and major investor , in  the Portuguese telecommunications and multimedia company Nos SGPS, formerly called  ZON, but Portuguese authorities are well aware  of their economic fragility, and  not keen on upsetting their powerful Angolan economic partners, but would instead , rather maintain amicable relations with Angola, even though, the corruption of powerful Angolan government and military figures is an open global secret

gearing up to acquire a stake in Zimbabwe-based Telecel after senior executives met with Zimbabwe government ministers.

Isabel dos Santos, also the owner of Unitel, Angola’s  largest mobile phone network, recently held meetings in Zimbabwe and reportedly discussed potential telecoms investments with Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services.

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, billionaire daughter, Isabel dos Santos is reported to have, at the age of 24 years been a restaurant (Miami Beach)  owner in the Angolan capital,  Luanda when her dad, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, transferred stakes in several Angolan companies to her.

She is a powerful woman financially, who holds  assets in Angola  that include 25% of Unitel, Angola’s  largest mobile phone network, and a stake in a bank, Banco BIC, whilst in the former colonial power , Portugal , Isabel dos Santos  owns close to a  7% share in  oil and gas firm Galp Energia, close to  19% of Banco BPI, which  Portugal’s  fourth-largest bank, whilst she is also a   controlling  shareholder  of Portuguese cable TV and telecom firm Nos SGPS (formerly called Zon). by Sibusiso Ngwenya

photo-Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos left, next to his wife, Ana Paula dos Santos, in Luanda, and behind them is his daughter Isabel dos Santos, and her husband.-theguardian.

Joint operation command (Joc) to force gold panners out of goldfields

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ZANU-PF supporters who were encouraged to invade a goldfield in Bindura (Kitsiyatota) during First Lady Grace Mugabe’s meet-the-people rallies ahead of the controversial Zanu-PF congress last December were given a three-day notice on Monday to leave the area, Zimbabwe Independent reported.

Zanu-PF sources said this week the provincial joint operation command (Joc) chaired by Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha resolved to force the artisanal miners out of the goldfields by Thursday.

“In its disaster management committee meeting Joc was advised by the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) to push for the removal of the gold panners who have left a trail of environmental destruction,” a source said.

Sources also said riot police would be called in if the miners refuse to leave.

The eviction of artisanal miners also comes against the backdrop of the on-going vendors’ saga where Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, backed by Harare’s Joc, also issued an ultimatum for vendors to leave the city centre by today. Source: independent

After farm invasions, now Mugabe’s Zanu PF war veterans threaten mines grab

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Ex-freedom fighters will soon launch a crack-down on “unproductive” mines across the country with a view to taking them over, War Veterans Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa has threatenedAnalysts say this exercise is likely to target opponents of Zanu-PF including former VP Joice Mujuru who owns diamond mining claims in Mutare and members of her cabal who are heavily involved in the sector.

The country has wrapped up dealing “with political problems and now focus should be on pushing ZimAsset” Mutsvangwa told The Zimbabwean at the weekend, in an apparent reference to the Mujuru purges.

“There are people who own mineral claims with vast wealth of our natural resources, but the benefits are not going towards revival of our economy. We should get them out,” he said. Mutswangwa also alleged that locals were colluding with Americans in “unholy alliances in the mining sector” who should also be fished out.

“We are going to review ownership structures of mining companies and claims across the country. We need to embark on a sweeping exercise to ensure everyone is compliant with the laws and also make sure only people who qualify in our ZimAsset aspect of boosting the economy are made owners of those mines,” he said.

Mutsvangwa is a fierce critic of former VP Mujuru. His ascendency to the ministerial post of war veterans, which was created after the Zanu-PF December 2014 congress, is largely seen as a reward for his key role in toppling her.

Dozens of her allies have been booted out of government and critical positions in the party. Analysts say VP Emmerson Mnangagwa is determined to destroy her fortunes so that she is totally incapacitated to run for the presidency in the 2018 elections.  Source: zimbabwean

photo-The notorious leader of the war veterans association Joseph Chinotimba-nehandaradio

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