Economist and academic, Tony Hawkins has blamed the ill-functioning RTGS system for the buying and selling of cash. Hawkins said people were willing to buy cash at a premium because the RTGS system was not functioning properly. He also accused banks and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe of using people ‘s money without any regard for the clients.
Speaking at the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries Economic Outlook Symposium Hawkins said:
It is not the bond note that is problem. It is what I call “Mangudya money” or RTGS money or whatever you want to call it, which you cannot get in the system. The deposits are our money, but apparently, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and banks feel that they can use it any way they want. Now, there is less than $70 million in the system.