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MATTER OF FACT: Matopo local leadership blocks eviction of local miner

by Editor
28 Jun 2020 at 08:04hrs | Views
IN our edition of June 19 2020, we published a story headlined, Matopo local leadership blocks eviction of local miner, where Bulawayo businesswoman Siphiwe GatshaDube claimed that she was being forced off "her" gold mining claims at Legion Mine by the Mines minister.

Gatsha-Dube told a meeting that claims were said to have been bought by Hararebased businessman Thomas Gono and further stated that she had never met the said Gono insinuating that the takeover was unlawful.

It has since been brought to our attention that:

Gatsha-Dube has known that the mine claims were sold by Falcon Gold to Beenset Investments, trading as Turfwall Mine, a company in which Gono is a director since 2013. She has been in a tribute agreement with Turfwall Mine since January 2013.

It has also been brought to our attention that Gatsha-Dube failed to uphold her obligations of renewing the tribute agreement before it lapsed and did not pay her monthly royalties to Turfwall Mine. She was subsequently taken to court to have the tribute agreement cancelled resulting in her eviction. Gatsha-Dube was, during all the years of her activity there, leasing the claims as opposed to her assertions and claim of ownership.

The Supreme Court has since ruled in favour of Turfwall Mine represented by Gono, leading to Gatsha-Dube withdrawing her defence and consenting to the judgement against her in the High Court matter between the parties. Through letters from her legal counsel, she has since acknowledged Turfwall's legitimate ownership of the claims.

We, therefore, unreservedly apologise to Gono for misrepresentations in our story and for any inconvenience the publication may have caused.


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