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.
WLSA Zimbabwe welcomes the judgement and will continue its solidarity with women of Hwange in their quest for justice. “As WLSA Zimbabwe we are committed to make the law work for women and ensure women of Hwange receive what is due to them and their families,” says Dorcas Makaza-Kanyimo, WLSA Acting National Director.
We are disturbed that the company instead of showing remorse for its failure to pay its employees, it has chosen to resort to bulldozing these women who are desperately in need of ensuring a livelihood for their families, to court .
While we applaud these women for their resolute, we are hopeful that Hwange Colliery Company will act as a responsible corporate citizen.
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