CSC workers deny sabotaging “British” investor, say they are fully behind government efforts to revive company


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They said it was in fact the investor’s staff that was hostile to workers and threatened them sometimes dropping the name of President Emmerson Mnangagwa saying that he was fully aware of what was happening at the CSC.

The workers said all former managers of the CSC had been laid off by end of June last year. The chief executive left at the end of March, followed by the director of human resources on 24 April. The remaining six managers left at the end of June with 50 others who had reached 60.

The investor set up his own structure which had:

  • Nick Havercrof- CEO/MD capacity – overall and authorized payments
  • Gavin Havercroft – Finance In charge of payments
  • Mark Rousseau – Security and General Maintenance
  • Douglas Cartwright – GM capacity with Finance oversight.
  • Hellen Sibanda- HR
  • Reginald Shoko- Consultant
  • Zibusiso Sibanda- Consultant & Security issues

The workers said the investor was in total control of the company from 1 October after sending workers on forced leave allegedly for retooling.

“There is a dark period from September 2019 to date which needs focusing on to establish funds inflows into the (company) and how these were applied,” the workers said.

“There is need for a thorough asset verification under this period when the investor was alone. There are allegations of assets stripping and sale of assets as scrap metal leveled against Boustead Beef. Employees should be called in to testify and verify if things are still as they were on 30 September. Asset registers are available together with a Dawn Properties valuation report.”

On the 10 000 cattle that are supposed to have been misappropriated, the workers said the investor needs to substantiate this “unbelievable allegation”.

Responding to the allegations, one former manager wrote: “I see from the papers presented to court that, now we are being blamed for sabotaging the agreement and worse still ‘continued corruption’.

“One not familiar with the actual facts won’t know that we were removed by the investor as soon as he moved in without a cent. When did this alleged sabotage occur? Has the Minister now been bought by this charlatan masquerading as an investor.  One day the truth will come out. Mwari ndewe vanhu vese.”

He added: “And the current minister was a CSC board member at the time of the agreement. Is he also unwittingly blaming himself? Or someone dictated the papers to him.”

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