ZIMBABWE Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) investigating officer Marlon Smart Mandofa who was arrested and spend the weekend in remand prison for criminal abuse of office has been granted $100 000 bail.
Mandofa is accused of criminal abuse of office and shielding a fugitive, Gilad Shabtai from arrest.
Magistrate Stanford Mambanje ordered Mandofa to report once every Friday at Harare Central police. He was also ordered not to interfere with witnesses and to continue residing at his given address.
The matter was remanded to May 14. Mandofa was represented by Admire Rubaya.
The complainant in the matter is businessman, Ofer Sivan who reported a case of fraud, theft of trust property, tax evasion and externalisation of US$1,3 million from Zimbabwe to South Africa, allegedly by his co-directors Gilad Shabtai and Munyaradzi Gonyora.
Gonyora was arrested and has appeared in court, but Shabtai is still a fugitive from justice despite three warrants of arrest issued.
On September 21, 2022, High Court judge, Justice Tawanda Chitapi ruled that Gonyora and Shabtai’s conduct was an act of fraud against Adlecraft Investments (Pvt) Ltd and were ordered to pay back the externalised US$1,3 million to Adlecraft Investments.
Mandofa and other Zacc officials, reportedly turned a blind eye and, instead, pursued a forgery charge filed against Sirvan.
It is further alleged that Mandofa then teamed up with his accomplices and received a report from an accused person who was appearing at Harare magistrates’ court on routine remand.
Mandofa overlooked a more serious case of externalisation of US$1,3 million against Gonyora and Shabtai.
He went on to arrest Sirvan, and overlooked a fugitive Shabtai who was still under investigatation under file number CID CCD DR 44/08/21.