Zim businessman Mawere arrested

HARARE - Zimbabwean businessman Mutumwa Mawere has allegedly been arrested in South Africa in yet unclear circumstances.

While efforts to secure comment from the troubled tycoon — through calls to his mobile — were unsuccessful, reports from Johannesburg indicate that the 53-year-old businessman was  picked for alleged fraud and tax issues with South African Revenue Services.

As the ex-Shabanie Mashaba Mines owner’s family and friends were running around for R500 000 in bail money, sources said Mawere “had been grassed to South African authorities” by an ex-business partner of Indian descent after a bitter wrangle.

Having been deposed of his business empire by President Robert Mugabe’s government in 2004, the Western-educated entrepreneur has turned into a fierce critic of the Zanu PF leader's policies through newspaper columnists and other forms of protest.

A pioneer of the self and black economic empowerment process, Mawere has been quite critical of the 89 year-old's controversial indigenisation programme based on equity seizures and such other strategies which have impaired value, and jobs.

His latest legal troubles and brush with the law become the second in as many years after his 2009 arrest at the behest, and instigation of the Zimbabwean government.

In that episode, the ex-International Finance Corporation senior staffer was bailed out - for R50 000 - by the Randburg magistrate court after an arrest in Johannesburg, in a case that has virtually disppated.

Comments (15)

Is it political persecution again this time,in muzansi? Or this Mutumwa kuMawere just operates outside the confines of the law wherever he goes?

Mundamurefu - 7 August 2013

zimbabweans have been groomed by zanu jongwe to cut corners and i wouldnt be surprised if mawere has a case to answer in south africa. this guy was zanu and his association with that party is now haunting him. my advice to people like him is that if you ride a lion dont dismount because the very minute you dismount, it turns around and devours you. once a jongwe always a jongwe or rot in prison!!!!!!

Black Crow - 7 August 2013

why zanupf while he is in south africa mbavha imbavha chete

chatsva - 7 August 2013

Typical of a criminal, he ran away from the law in Zimbabwe and teamed up with the idiotic Tsvangisex just prior to the election. That is the stuff mdc is made of.

reason - 7 August 2013

If u wish others bad, the opposite is true, nhasi ndiwe wavakushungurudzwa neMzansi waida kuti Bob atambure svooo

Puuuuu MDC - 7 August 2013

Akatengeswa na Mariemuthu

Jesu Christu - 7 August 2013

Its unfortunate that he is arrested soon after Zuma endorsed a stolen election.Mawere is one Zimbabwean who fights in the same corner with all those who need change in our cursed country.

chimwango - 7 August 2013

For those who know him. Katsotsi and backstabber. I almost did business with him in SA. Thank goodness I was warned. He is bad news this one and I can assure you, it is not political.

Mtumwa is BAD NEWS. - 7 August 2013

Mutumwa is and was always a croock, he stole our $200 in united state as students claiming to build African Renaissance, well it was hard earned $200 for a student in america now its payback time. He has always been a good confident trickster so hey he is getting old Abi??

tindo - 7 August 2013

crucify him

the punisher - 9 August 2013

you are off topic! Why put Zanu in this story. was he arrested by zanu? The man is a thief, finish.

jjeff - 9 August 2013

Mawere deserves it and I personally dont give shame to people who dodge tax.

Chris - 13 August 2013

Johannesburg - A politcally-connected Zimbabwean-born businessman has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the national lottery of nearly R5 million.Mutumwa Mawere, a controversial figure and foe of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, was arrested in Johannesburg this week shortly after Mugabe was re-elected. Mawere is alleged to have used his African Heritage Society organisation to fraudulently secure a R4.5m grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, which is predominantly used to fund charities. The Sunday independent of rsa.

Dr Nero - 13 August 2013

PLEASE DELETE THE FOLLOWING COMMENT http://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2013/08/07/zim-businessman-mawere-arrested - 30 September 2013 by Shiku

Joyce - 4 January 2015

I was contacted in 2014 by the woman who mutumwa fathered a son, Sandra Muradzikwa and like she and Mutumwa did in the past, she convinced me how they would fund our organization from the EU. With a name of Yesenia Karimi, they took me round for months. Guess they used our information to source for funding after us doing all the dirty work. Sandra Muradzikwa you did really dissapoint us again. When will people change? May God help your souls for taking advantage of the poor.

Shiku - 11 August 2016

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