Zunaid Moti: The New Napoleon of Africa

Zunaid Moti

Fast cars, quick property deals and now an early morning house robbery that appears to have been executed with military accuracy and speed.

That is the life of Zunaid Moti, a car-loving businessman with links to several property deals, including the controversial transfer of 33 tracts of prime land owned by the City of Johannesburg.

But who is this man known for his smart attire and driving even smarter cars, usually a Lamborghini or a Lexus?

Zunaid Moti has business interests in Zimbabwe through a mining company called Africa Chrome Fields (Pvt) Ltd, which is a subsidiary of South African mining company Fanshawe Mining Holdings.

Africa Chrome Fields (ACF) has invested in a large chrome mining and smelting project in Zimbabwe which, according to Zimbabwean media, was facilitated by Mnangagwa while he was the country’s deputy president.

Zunaid Moti is a business tycoon who is no stranger to controversy.

In August, The Times reported that he was listed by Interpol as an international fugitive after he and three other businessmen were accused of defrauding an allegedly disgruntled business partner out of R6.6m in an apparent bogus mining deal which allegedly took place in Lebanon in 2013.

Zunaid Moti, his father Abbas Aboo Baker Moti, Ashruf Kaka and Sallim Bobat challenged their original arrest warrants in Lebanese courts and made submissions to Interpol in France to have the red notices overturned.

When President Cyril Ramaphosa landed in Botswana  for his first official visit, he flew there in a private jet owned by the Moti Company because the presidential jet is once again in for repairs.

In a picture posted on his official Twitter account, Ramaphosa showed himself arriving in Gaborone, with a Bombardier aircraft in the background. The plane had the Moti insignia on its side.

Zunaid Moti is a mining and property company owned by Zunaid Moti, a businessman who is no stranger to controversy. It has been in the news recently when British peer Peter Hain announced that he had been appointed as a special advisor for the Moti Group of companies.

The Zunaid Moti company is allegedly close to Zimbabwe’s new president. News24 recently reported that Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa had allegedly helped facilitate a chrome deal with Moti’s company, Africa Chrome Fields.

Moti told News24 that their company has a number of planes which are hired out by Execujet and the National Airways Corporation (NAC) for commercial use.

Moti said Execujet and the NAC, in turn, hire out the planes to the South African Air Force, which uses them to fly businessmen and ministers, as well as the heads of state of a number of countries.

In 2012 An arrest warrant was issued for flamboyant Johannesburg property tycoon Zunaid Moti in connection with a high-speed chase and shootout near Lanseria International Airport in November 2011.

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