KWEKWE – A top Redcliff private hospital, Bell Medical Centre, has been shut down after the Deputy Sheriff attached its property including patients’ bedding and other equipment over a salaries and wages debt.
The centre, which at its height was the pride of medical facilities in Kwekwe, was shut down for failing to pay its 10 workers a total
$54 666,41 in salaries since 2012.
The workers managed to get a writ of execution at the Harare High Court (HC9249/13) on April 23 this year, which saw the Deputy Sheriff move in to attach the property from the medical facility, leaving it shut down.
The centre will also have to meet the costs of the lawsuit.
“You are required and directed to attach and take into execution the movable goods of Bell Medical Centre (PVT) LTD, the above mentioned Respondent, of Torwood Hospital and Redcliff Medical Centre, Kwekwe and of same to cause to be realised the sum of $54 666,41 . . .” reads part of the order granted by High Court judge Justice Joseph Musakwa.
Property attached is expected to go under the hammer in the next two weeks if Bell Medical Centre fails to make good its debt.
The collapse of Ziscosteel in Redcliff has seen other downstream businesses folding up in the mining town.
Major financial institutions, supermarkets and other engineering companies closed down branches in Redcliff as most people in the town were left without salaries following the collapse of Ziscosteel, now renamed New Zimsteel.
New Zimsteel workers, who form the majority of residents in Redcliff, have gone for over 22 months without salaries and wages and have thus been failing to afford basics like food and health.
Government and Essar Africa however, announced that the $750 million Ziscosteel takeover deal had now been sealed.
It is expected that workers would soon receive salaries, breathing hope into the crumbling Redcliff economy.