Justice Makoni ruling statement on the Hwange Women Demonstrations

Dear Colleagues

Harare; High Court on the 27th of February 2018 delivered judgement on the case of infringement of private property filed by Hwange Colliery Company against demonstrating spouses and widows of unpaid employees of the coal mining company. The women have been protesting outside the company premises for close to a month now.

Justice Makoni dismissed the case with costs. She stated that the applicant failed to sufficiently satisfy the court that the matter was urgent, therefore struck it off the urgent register and ruled that the case be on normal roll.

This ruling, which is good for the striking women, increases their resolve in seeking justice. The demonstration came as an attempt to compel Hwange Colliery Company to pay salaries, which have been outstanding for the past five years. Read more

Striking Hwange women score victories

Spouses of Hwange Colliery Company employees in a tent where they have been staying for a month

February 27 2018

What initially started as a pep talk among spouses and widows of Hwange Colliery Company over non-payment of salaries of their husbands has shaken the coal mining giant prompting it to seek relief through the courts. Not only did the women triumph over the company but they have outpaced their husbands, who have slavishly toiled for five years without remuneration.

In a case similar to that of shepherd boy David against the seemingly indomitable Goliath, spouses of the coal mining company, like David who slew Goliath with using a string shot, have used their collective power and resilience. The majority of them have no or little education, barely spoke the queen’s language let alone understand the legal jargon.

Yet ever since they took up the issue of non-payment of salaries to their bossom, they have been scoring one victory after another. They shook the company to its core forcing it to pay $200 twice for the month of February alone, something which their husbands have failed to do in five years. Read more

The legal requirements of mining


Can a woman become a miner?

Yes. Women and men are encouraged to do mining as long as they have reached the right age to work.

When can you become a miner?

You can become a miner as soon as you turn 18 years of age.

Which two important laws regulate mining?

  • The Mines and Minerals Act
  • The Environmental Management Act

What are the stages to follow for getting a mining permit? Read more

A guide to the Domestic violence Act In Zimbabwe

What is the purpose of act?
To protect victims of domestic violence and provide for long term measures of prevention of domestic violence.
To prevent domestic violence from occurring.

Who will benefit from the act?
All persons who are in a relationship:
A current, former wife or husband.
All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, adopted or step children
People living with the perpetrator of the violence, for example relatives or domestic workers
A girlfriend or boyfriend whether current or former. Read more

Inheritance in Zimbabwe

After a person dies, it is very important that his or her property, be it land, livestock,
furniture, motor vehicles, grinding mills, kitchen equipment or agricultural equipment
is properly protected and distributed according to law.
The property that a deceased person leaves has to be used to pay those he or she owes
money to and to provide support for the members of his or her family. After these requirements have been met, the rest of the property is shared as directed by the deceased persons Will or by laws that say how the property of a deceased person not dealt with in a will is to be shared among his or her family. Read more



WLSA Zimbabwe vision is to ensure a society in which justice in equitably accessed, claimed and enjoyed by women and girls in all spheres of life. We focus on laws and policies that affect women and the girl child.

One of the major issues that we have dealt and continue dealing with is that of property and inheritance rights especially in the context of HIV/Aids. We have noted that many complications arise due to the nature and type of marriages in Zimbabwe. The type of marriage one has determines how one’s estate in the absence of a will should be distributed upon death. Read more