Choppies, Mphoko dispute finally heads to court

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Choppies, the Botswanan supermarket chain that listed in South Africa. Photo: Supplied/Getty Images.
Choppies, the Botswanan supermarket chain that listed in South Africa. Photo: Supplied/Getty Images.

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A dispute over the payment of $22.6 million (R366.6 million) to a former Zimbabwean politician and his son will finally go to court in that country after many failed attempts by the Botswana-based multinational grocery chain, Choppies Enterprises, to avoid answering questions in court.

Choppies Enterprises has been applying for exceptions – an excuse not to go to trial – since 2019, when former second vice-president Phelekezela Mphoko and his son, Siqokoqela, filed papers of demand to be paid the true value of their 51% shareholding in the company’s 32 stores in Zimbabwe.

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