Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
A Chinese national who is employed as an Equipment Manager at a mining company in Shamva was over the weekend hauled to court over theft charges of over 500 grams of gold worth US$23000.
The suspect Tan Juncheng 32, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga.
The complainant is Mingchang Sino Africa Investments represented by Hui Zhang a Chinese National who is the development department manager of the company.
The court heard that between March and October and on separate occasions Juncheng stole gold amounting to 500 grams from the complainant using his position as the mine equipment manager and also being specially assigned to be the mine reduction supervisor in charge of gold processing from amalgam to smelted gold.
It is alleged that during the gold processing stage Juncheng periodically stole the gold in small quantities and took pictures of the gold and posted them on WE CHAT asking some of his friends who also work for the same company who also work for the complainant how he can skip the country with the stolen gold indicating that he had more than 400 grams of gold.
The offence reportedly came to light on October 3 after some of the employees tipped the complainant of the circumstances and an investigation was initiated and it was discovered that during the period under review there was a reduction in gold production and he made a police report.