Zimbabwean businessman Justice Maphosa who is based in South Africa, told VOA that he is being targeted because he helped President Emmerson Mnangagwa when he escaped from his former boss and predecessor Robert Mugabe.
Maphosa said he has increased his security detail because he has received death threats. He also said the criminal charges that are being levelled against him are a bid to destroy his reputation and business. According to the Mail and Guardian newspaper, Maphosa is being investigated by the Hawks for allegedly committing a multimillion-rand fraud in the North West. Said Maphosa:
I’m sure you can see from my security detail … You can see how many security people I am with and you can see how many security people I travel with … There are people that seem to say we are going to disturb their businesses and people are fighting us. Why am I not being arrested if there is a case to answer. Surely we are a law abiding country. If I have done anything wrong I should be arrested and I should be taken to court to be tried. It is a narrative and an effort of my detractors that say ‘we don’t want him to achieve this. We don’t want him to do this.