By Court Reporter
HARARE – Controversial justice fugitive Kenneth Raydon Sharpe’s owned Pokugara Properties and it’s managing director Michael John Van Blerk have been brought before the Court facing serious crime of perjury.
Van Blerk in his capacity and representing Pokugara Properties are facing perjury charges after deposing a false affidavit to the effect that Katsimberis did not have approved architectural plans for the construction of a show house in Harare’s Borrowedale surburb.
“The two in contravening section 183 of criminal law codification and reform Act, on the second of October 2018 The two accused Michael John Van Blerk on his own capacity and representing Pokugara Properties as managing director filled a false statement in an affidavit in the High Court Civil Division under Case number HC29/2018 that the show house was built without approved plans from City of Harare yet in accual fact the plans were approved by the City of Harare and further lied that the complainant in case HC8943/2018 had applied for building plans under MP1683/2017 to construct the show house at stand 8 instead of stand 9 yet in actual fact the show house had been built on stand 9,” reads Harare Magistrate Ngoni Nduna.
For almost two years, Van Blerk was avoiding trial and at sometime said to be suffering from a condition known as catatonic seizure and has twice been assessed by a government medical officers at Parirenyatwa group of hospitals.
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.
Van Blerk is now fit to stand for trial despite being on wheelchair and walking stick.
They have since filed for exception to the charges and the matter has been deferred to the 25th of January 2022 for ruling.
Katsimberis has since submitted evidence in form of an affidavit from City of Harare confirming authenticity of the stamp and signature appended on the plans.
Sharpe is currently at large and believed to be hiding in Mauritius with his confidante of Russian origin Tatiana (Aleshina) Ellis doing most of the business on his behalf.
The self exiled Sharpe is facing a litany of charges ranging from money laundering and corruption emanating from shoddy land dealings worthy US$2 billion.
His companies which include Augur Investments OU, West Properties and Sunshine Development are under litigation
He has not set foot in the country since 2017 and is on the anti-corruption unit wanted list
Prosecutor Mr Zivanai Macharaga is representing the State.