JSC exposes Team Pachedu lies 

by | Nov 21, 2022 | Crime & Courts, Local News | 0 comments

JSC exposes Team Pachedu lies

Brian Rungano Temba

The hacking of the Judicial Services Commission`s website by unknown characters coincides with threats from American sponsored cyber-terrorist group Team Pachedu, raising suspicion of well-orchestrated string of attacks aimed at compromising websites belonging to public institutions.

Over the past few weeks, Team Pachedu has been running threads, essentially bragging that they can hack public institutions` websites.

Where they are finding the websites hard to manipulate, they have resorted to lies, as is in the case of the Judicial Services Commission.

Team Pachedu wrote a post alleging that a developer from was involved in shady deals around the design and structure of the institution`s website.

“The JSC Software Developer, Kudzanai Machemedze, is milking JSC using a company, DA-RADAR, owned by his relative Tofara Machemedze,” wrote Team Pachedu.

Team Pachedu posted in the thread, pictures of invoices of allegedly overcharged and paid work for the JSC.

This however has since been dispelled as a lie, the person which Team Pachedu defamed, is actually an intern who has no power to influence decisions on anything, let alone make procurement decisions.

In a statement, the JSC said Team Pachedu has been posting false information, trying to appear like they have accessed the website`s back-end.

“It has come to our attention that there is a Twitter handle, @PacheduZW, operated by what is referred to as ‘Team Pachedu’ which has been sharing some information which they purport to have uplifted from the JSC website.

We wish to inform the public that the information they are sharing which they purport to have accessed through the JSC website is false. The contents of that information are patently false and meant to mislead members of the public, ” read the statement.

The JSC manages an interactive website www.jsc.org.zw, which is used to share content with litigants and members of the public on the operations of the Courts and the Commission.

“From the above, it can be noted that the information shared on the JSC website is of a public nature which is readily available upon visiting the website.

The JSC website does not host information relating to the personal details of its staff members nor any other processes which are outside the above,” read the statement.

The JSC statement also stated that the procurement documents that Team Pachedu alleged to have fished off the website, are delivered in hard copy form and subjected to rigorous procurement processes before they are submitted for payment through a Government payment system known as Paynet.

This process and the documents therefore are not posted on the JSC website.

“Kudzanai Machemedze is not and has never been employed by the Judicial Service Commission. He was studying towards a BSc Information Systems Honours Degree with the Midlands State University and he applied for Industrial attachment with the JSC on 5 May 2021.

He did not have capacity at all to design or build websites, let alone being involved in JSC procurement processes. During the COVID-19 era there were travel restrictions imposed by the Government to contain, combat and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Courts were declared essential services and members of staff were therefore required to go to work,” read the statement.

JSC explained in the statement that for ease of travel, members of the Judicial Service were issued with letters which they would produce to the authorities, that is how Machemedze got travel documentation.

The travel document is what Pachedu were trying to present as ‘evidence’ of Machemedze`s employment with JSC.

“Kudzanai Machemedze was never engaged by the JSC as a software developer, neither did he participate in building the JSC website. He was a student on training, he therefore did not have the capacity to execute such a task as alleged. The Judicial Service Commission never procured any services for cyber security as alleged.

Even if it did, the Judicial Service Commission follows laid down procurement processes which do not involve assigning students on attachment to do procurement on its behalf. The allegations that we received and posted on our website an invoice of USD $119 450 for cyber security are therefore false. Government through treasury never paid for the alleged USD$119 450,” read the statement.