Eskbank miner up for stealing gold ore worth US$125 000

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A MINER at Actglow Investments Mine on Wednesday was brought before Harare magistrate Richard Ramaboa on charges that he stole gold worth US$125 000 from his employer.

The accused, Innocent Mativenga, who appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts, is said to have committed the crime with accomplices Simbarashe Mushawemhuka, Tashinga John, Innocent Zuze, who are in police custody and four others who are still at large.

The complainant, Farai Innocent Mapunde, is owner of the mine which is located at Eskbank Farm, Marlborough, Harare.

The mining activities are said to have been done on syndicate basis, where the accused persons would extract gold ore from the mine shafts as allocated them by Mapunde.

Both the complainant and accused would allegedly share 70 percent and 30 percent of the proceedings, respectively.

It is the State’s case that on February 18, around mid-day, Mativenga and his co-accused defied Mapunde’s order to take 10 tonnes of gold ore en-route to Kwela 6 Mine for milling.

Rather, they allegedly went back into the mining shaft without Mapunde’s knowledge and extracted two and half tones (2 500kg) of gold ore, which they took to one Tichaona Donald’s hammer mill for processing.

On February 20, Mativenga reportedly bought a bed worth ZWL8 400, Acer laptop and accessories at Sleep City Furniture Shop.

Accused person is also said to have bought a Samsung Galaxy A10s and US$3 300 worth Toyota Wish from Coster Mbanje with the money obtained from the stolen gold ore.

The value of the recovered assets is US$39 050.

The accused was remanded to March 19 for bail application, which is also the remand date of his co-accused.

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