By Staff Reporter
A former pirate discs vendor and now artisanal miner, Luckson Sithole (34) was on Tuesday arraigned before a Shurugwi magistrate facing charges of stealing gold ore at Tebekwe Mine in Shurugwi.
Sithole who in his teenage days, was popular on Shurugwi streets, selling pirated discs, has been trying luck in the mining field.
He was, however, arrested recently for conducting illegal mining activities within Tebekwe Mining Claims which belong to Shabani Mashaba Mines.
Shabanie and Mashava Mines tributed Tebekwe Claims to Matovu Investments which is the complainant in this case.
The state case against Sithole is that sometime in 2009 he started artisanal mining activities at one of the Tebekwe Mining claims before he later approached the High Court seeking to wrestle away the claim from Shabanie Mashava Mine.
The High Court then ordered an interim relief while advising the Midlands Provincial Mining Director to determine if the Claim in dispute was not part of Tebekwe’s claims.
The court heard that the PMD’s report however confirmed the claims under which Sithole was mining belonged to Shabanie Mashava Mines and declared his mining activities illegal.
Sithole, the court heard continued to mine while arguing that the PMD was biased.
He was not asked to plead and was remanded to 11 January 2022 on ZW$50 000 bail.
Mrs Precious Mukumira presided over the matter while Mr Pride Gomera prosecuted