Perjury Trial For Controversial Ken Sharpe’s Henchmen ‘Horse Rider’ Van Blerk Begins
Michael John Van Blerk leaves Harare Magistrate Courts accompanied by Pokugara Properties legal advisor Denzil Malikwa.


By Court Reporter

HARARE – Justice fugitive Kenneth Raydon Sharpe’s owned Pokugara Properties managing director Michael John Van Blerk pleaded not guilty as perjury trial begins.

In a dramatic move to avoid trial, Van Blerk’s lawyer Advocate Tawanda Zhuwarara who recently applied for exception for perjury charges and later on abandoned it then filed it.

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 is now fit to stand for trial despite being on wheelchair.

In October 2021, 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.

Katsimberis had entered into a botched land deal with controversial fugitive from justice 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.

Controversial land baron Ken Sharpe and Van Blerk.

Sharpe is currently at large and believed to be hiding in Mauritius, he is facing a litany of charges before the Courts raging from money laundering, fraud and shoddy land dealings in Harare worthy nearly US$2 billion.

The trial will continue on the 24th of January 2022.

Prosecutor Zivanai Macharaga from the Special Anti-Corruption Unit ( SACU)

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