30 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Bogus Transporter Diverts Cotton Lint to SA, Court Told

A Harare man, who allegedly swindled two local companies of cotton lint worth US$100 000 after posing as a transporter before diverting the load to an unknown destination in South Africa, yesterday appeared in court charged with fraud.

Terrence Muzuva, who was represented by Mr Tafadzwa Madotsa, was not formally charged with fraud when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe facing two counts of fraud.

He was remanded out of custody to February 12 this year on US$100 bail.

The State alleges that Muzuva (36) and his accomplice, who is still at large, misrepresented to Mr Moses Ndlovu who represents Olam International Limited that they had trucks available for hire to transport goods to South Africa.

Ndlovu allegedly engaged the two to transport one truckload of cotton lint belonging to Olam from Parrogate Glendale to South Africa.

It is alleged that Muzuva who was driving the truck collected the cotton lint and diverted it to an unknown destination. He allegedly fixed fake registration plates on the truck and used a fake passport in the name of James Chipunza to avoid detection and diverted the lint to an unknown destination.

They used the same modus operandi and allegedly misrepresented to Thomas Zhakata, UTI exports supervisor that he was the owner of Boatpoll which is in transport business, in December last year.

They were subsequently contarcted and vanished with the lint.

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