“The youths were supposed to appear in court today but they had been told to return on the 12th because their docket is not complete. The police are still completing the docket although the summons had instructed them to come here today,” said Edmore Mbavarira a senior Prosecutor at Chiredzi magistrate court.
But fuming Zanu (PF) youths said the docket was missing.
“We are so angry with the court, after summoning us here they tell us to come back on the 12th. We have been told the docket is missing and they have instructed police to re do it. We want an early trial because we didn’t do anything wrong as we were following the laws of the country. The indigenisation drive is now a full law and we were enforcing it,” said Talent Majoni, Zanu (PF) deputy national political commissar who is also facing trial.
Last September the 10 boisterous youths took over the properties of Jan Van Javeert who owns South East Turning company, Graig Hanning ‘s building and Govan investments building owned by Southhood Govan accusing them of failing to comply with the Indigenisation Act that demands foreign business to cede 51% to the locals. They face charges of invading private property and malicious damage to property.
The action by the rowdy Zanu (PF) youth group known as the Masvingo Youths Empowerment Association (MAYEA), had sent panic across the province as other white business hurriedly closed their companies after the group announced it will be pouncing on bigger firms.
The group was targeting giant sugar producing companies, Hippo Valley and Triangle in the low veld district of Chiredzi, Renco gold mine in Masvingo south and Africa’s biggest and sole Lithium producers, Bikita Minerals.