Hoaxy Investments t/a Be forward Bulawayo, through its lawyers Dube-Tachiona and Tsvangirai Legal Practitioner, filed an urgent chamber application at the Bulawayo High Court citing Transport Minister Joram Gumbo and the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID). Hoaxy Investments is seeking the release of a kombi which was impounded in March this year while carrying schoolchildren without an operator’s licence.
The kombi was impounded from Mr Nhlanhla Mpofu who had defaulted in paying monthly installments for the vehicle after entering into a hire purchase sale agreement with Hoaxy Investments. Mpofu was supposed to pay a 50 percent deposit of the cost price and the balance was to be settled over 12 months. However, when he defaulted Hoaxy Investments filed summons at the Bulawayo magistrate’s court and a default judgment was granted in its favour.
VID Bulawayo depot manager said that he would not release the car unless Hoaxy Investments produce the vehicle’s registration book, storage fees and an operator’s licence. The company offered to pay storage fees of $1 000 but the depot manager refused to release the vehicle without an operator’s licence even though the firm highlighted that it did not intend to use the vehicle for public transportation.