Bredenkamp not yet charged

A FORTNIGHT after the National Economic Conduct Inspectorate (Neci) raided controversial business tycoon John Bredenkamp for alleged economic crimes, the government has not formally charged him with any crime.


Neci, which is part

of the Central Intelligence Organisation, raided Bredenkamp’s local companies two weeks ago to investigate cases linked to economic crimes. He was also being probed on allegations of flouting exchange control regulations, tax evasion and contravening the Citizenship Act.


The raid coincided with a trip out of the country by the businessman. The state media reported that he had fled the country while his office in Harare said he had left for a routine medical trip to the United Kingdom.


A Breco Holdings spokesman said they had not received any statement from the authorities. “We are waiting for the outcome of the investigation before we can give a definitive reaction,” the spokesman said.


Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said it was not the police that was dealing with the matter. “We haven’t dealt with that case,” Bvudzijena said.


Bredenkamp, who was a sanctions-buster and gun-runner for the former Rhodesian leader Ian Smith, switched allegiance to become one of President Robert Mugabe’s most influential business associates until the outbreak of the DRC war in 1998. He is often named as one of Britain’s 33rd richest men, with a fortune estimated at between £400 million and £700 million. — Staff Writer.