The High Court released Wicknell Chivayo’s passport to allow him to travel to South Africa to finalise contract negotiations with an unnamed company.
The company filed an affidavit in which it confirmed Chivayo’s company was engaged in contract negotiations and required him to attend in person. Chivayo is facing charges of defrauding the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) of over $5 million, money-laundering and violation of exchange control regulations. He is out on bail pending trial. Part of the High Court ruling reads:
The applicant has demonstrated on a balance of probabilities that his attendance is required in South Africa for purposes of furthering the business interest of his company. Therefore, the correct approach is that the accused, who is on bail, must be allowed to continue to go about his life and the State should promote and be supportive of the applicant’s endeavours to earn a livelihood through lawful means, as long as allowing the applicant that latitude does not defeat the administration of justice.