Ken Sharpe’s Henchmen “sick” Van Blerk’s Matter Deferred

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Van Blerk is facing criminal cases of pejury and malicious demage to property worthy US$ 300 000

By Senior Court Reporter

HARARE – The trial of Pokugara Properties managing director Michael John Van Blerk failed to kick off as his legal counsel told Harare Magistrate Stanford Mambanje that he is now fit to stand for trial despite being on wheelchair.

Last month, Van Blerk failed to appear at the Harare Magistrate Courts after it emerged that he was involved in a horse ride accident and unable to navigate stairs into the courtroom.

For several occasions, Van Blerk was said to be suffering from a condition known as catatonic seizure and has twice been assessed by a government medical officer at Parirenyatwa general hospital.

Van Blerk at the Harare Magistrate Courts on Thursday.

Together with his alleged accomplices, “justice fugitive” Kenneth Raydon Sharpe, Mandla Marlone Ndebele, as well as suspended Harare Town Clerk Hosiah Chisango, Isaiah Zvenyika Chawatama, Samuel Nyabezi and Lasten Taonezvi, are accused of acting in common purpose to destroy a show house constructed by land developer George Katsimberis in 2018.

Katsimberis had entered into a botched land deal with controversial fugitive from justice Kenneth Raydon Sharpe who owns Pokugara Properties.

Van Blerk is being charged in his personal capacity as well as the Pokugara Properties official while on the same grounds Chisango has been removed from representing the City of Harare since he remains suspended.

They destroyed the show house on the pretext that Katsimberis had constructed the show house without council approved architectural plans yet the plans were issued from the City of Harare.

Prosecutor Zivanai Macharaga from the Special Anti-Corruption Unit ( SACU) confirmed before magistrate Muchuchuti Guwuriro that Van Blerk had been examined on the 28th of May 2021 and June 4 2021 but the medical officer could not conclude if he was fit to stand trial.

Ken Sharpe and Michael John Van Blerk

The State further requested that Van Blerk be tried separately from the other seven since they are not sure as to when he is going to be fit to stand trial.

Magistrate Mambanje agreed and deferred the matter to 24 and 25  November 2021 for possible trial dates.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Bianca Makwande has deferred the trial of Mandla Marlon Ndebele, Chisango, Chawatama, Nyabezi, Taonezvi and the City of Harare  with the defence counsel seeking time to prepare for the case.

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