Embattled second-hand car selling company, Tromage Enterprices, has been placed under provisional judicial management by the High Court hardly a month after its director Joyce Mukazhi appeared in court facing fraud charges.
This followed a provisional order issued by High Court judge Justice November Mtshiya on June 8. Part of the order reads: “The master be, and is hereby directed to appoint Knowledge Mumanyi or a suitable qualified person as provisional judicial manager subject to the said provisional judicial manager giving security to the satisfaction of the master.”
The company operates at number 4 Banff Road, Eastlea, Harare, and is in the business of importing and selling cars on hire purchase.
Meanwhile, Mary Marufu, a personal assistant to Mukazhi, appeared before regional magistrate Never Katiyo representing Tromage Enterprices on four counts of fraud involving $49 000.
One of the complainants in the matter is Rixi Taxis Cooperative which was allegedly swindled $30 000 that was paid as deposit for 20 Toyota Raum vehicles in July last year. Mareya Dudzai, who is one of Rixi Taxis Cooperative directors, was also allegedly conned of $1 500 after placing an order for another Toyota Raum which was never delivered.
According to the State, Tromage Enterprices placed an advertisement in newspapers on April 8 last year and invited interested prospective car buyers to purchase vehicles under a hire-purchase agreement.
A number of people responded and approached Marufu at her office where orders of certain vehicles were placed after paying deposits.
Some of the alleged victims whose vehicles never materialised are Maria Sithole of Waterfalls and Mcdonald Gumbe of Five Avenue who paid a total of $17 500.
Mukazhi is also on trial before provincial magistrate Shane Kubonera on allegations of swindling a Harare businessman of
$26 500 in yet another botched car deal.