Legal Matters

Harare Magistrate loosens the noose around businessman Van Blerk

 

By Nyasha Mutena

Embattled West Properties Managing Director, Michael Van Blerk’s arrest warrant has been cancelled after he appeared in court today seeking its revocation.

The controversial businessman tightened the noose round his neck after defaulting a court order which was compelling him to appear in court on Friday, the 23rd April 2021. He is facing perjury charges and was remanded to May 11, 2021.

The State represented by Prosecutor Zivanai Macharaga of the Special Anti-Corruption Unit in the President’s Office alleges that Van Blerk, in his personal capacity and representing Pokugara Properties (PVT) LTD as its Managing Director is facing perjury charges for filing a false written statement in case HC 8948/18 and lying in a sworn affidavit that a show house constructed by land developer George Katsimberis, was built without approved building plans from the City of Harare.

More so, either Van Blerk and or Pokugara Properties (PVT) LTD reportedly tendered a sworn affidavit in case HC8943/18 and lied that the applicant, George Katsimberis had constructed a show house on Stand 10 instead of Stand 9 yet, in actual fact, the show house was built on Stand 9.

The State further alleges that Van Blerk also lied in the same affidavit that Katsimberis applied for a building plan under plan MP6813/17 for approval of the building plan for Stand 9 when in actual fact it was him and or Pokugara Properties (PVT) LTD who made such an application for approval of building plan for Stand 8.

Van Blerk, jointly charged with six others are also facing charges of malicious damage to property after destroying George Katsimberis’ showhouse citing that it was constructed without City of Harare approved plans.

However, Katsimberis vehemently denies the same saying that he is in possession of all documents to prove his assertions.