Police have no business with trade union activities — court


A Bulawayo High Court Judge, Nicholas Mathonsi, yesterday overturned a police ban on the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)’s planned demonstrations to commemorate the Hwange Kamandama Mine disaster.
The commemorations were supposed to have been held on June 6, the day disaster struck the mining town of Hwange 38 years ago when 427 workers were killed after the collapse of a tunnel at the coal mine.
But the police last month denied the workers permission to remember their colleagues.
Officer Commanding Kwekwe District, indentified as Superintendant R. Madiro turned down the application on the grounds that Hwange Kamandama was not in Kwekwe.
The ZCTU took up the case with the High Court challenging the police order.
Justice Mathonsi ruled that police should not interfere with trade union activities because there was no lawful basis for them to purport to deny authority for the holding the commemorations.
The trade union was granted leave to go ahead with their commemorations today without police escort.
The police were ordered to pay the legal costs of the court action.
“The respondents or whoever acting on respondents’ instructions be and is hereby interdicted from interfering or stopping the commemorations as planned by the trade union,” Justice Mathonsi ruled.