Buyanga granted bail on Zim extradition case but in detention on separate SA immigration charges

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By Staff Reporter

SOUTH Africa-based property mogul Frank Buyanga, who was detained in the neighbouring country, has been granted R150,000 bail at the Randburg Magistrates court pending hearing of his application challenging extradition to Zimbabwe.

His lawyer, Advocate Mafu of Mawandla Law Chambers, confirmed the development but noted that the businessman will remain locked up on a seperate charge of contravening the South Africa’s immigration laws.

“The magistrate ruled he (Buyanga) is not a flight risk because he has substantial interests in South Africa,” said Mafu.

“He has been granted R150,000 bail. However, he is still in jail for the other charge of contravening the Immigration Act. He was hit with the fresh charges of fraud contravention of the Immigration Act and defeating the ends of justice. The charges were pressed against him by the South African government.”

Buyanga was arrested by Interpol last month on a warrant of arrest issued by Zimbabwe wanting him extradited after he was reported for kidnapping his eight-year-old son by his ex-girlfriend Chantelle Muteswa.

The two are currently locked up in a nasty legal fight over custody of their son.

Buyanga has been staying with the boy since 2020 when he snatched him from his mother in a movie style.

This followed a landmark ruling giving parents of children born out of the wedlock equal access to the minors.

The boy is currently staying with his mother following Buyanga’s arrest.