Legal Matters

Businessman Van Blerk stalls Pokugara Properties trial again

Ken Sharpe and Michael Van Blerk

The Malacious Damage to Property trial for Pokugara Properties company and its accomplices was once again postponed to next week after the State requested a company resolution on the company’s representative.

Businessman, Michael Van Blerk was initially representing Pokugara Properties, however after stalling the trial’s progress citing that he was suffering from catatonic seizures, this prompted the State to seek separation of trial.

The State represented by prosecutor Zivanai Macharaga from the Special Anti-Corruption Unit alleges that sometime between July 2018 and October 2018, at lot 9 of 21 on consolidated number 19559 of 19828 on Harare Township corner Teviotdale and Whitwell in Borrowdale, Mandla Marlone Ndebele, Hosiah Chisango, Isiah Zvenyika Chawatama, Samuel Nyabezi, Lasten Taonezvi and Ken Sharpe who is still at large destroyed a show house constructed by Harare business George Katsimberis without a court order.

The accused allegedly acted in common purpose and demolished Katsimberis’ show house which had an approved plan without advising the complainant.

Van Blerk, Ndebele and Sharpe are also in trouble for failing or refusing to disclose that the stand in question was built with approved plans and for failing to caution Katsimberis of the demolition.

The state was represented by Zivanai Macharaga while Pokugara Properties and Van Blerk are represented by Advocate Tawanda Zhuwarara with the City of Harare represented by Charles Kwaramba.
The matter was postponed to September 29, 2021 with defence counsel committing to providing the resolution.