THE Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has paid a Harare man, Munashe Magwaza, $25 000 in compensation after he was left paralysed from an electric shock in 2006.
BY STAFF REPORTER
Magwaza, who worked elsewhere as a security guard, was represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and received his money at the end of last year.
According to a deed of settlement signed by legal practitioners from both parties, all the money was supposed to have been paid by December 28, failure of which a writ of execution would ensue.
Several people who step on live Zesa cables have found challenges in getting payment, but Magwaza soldiered on until the power utility company agreed to compensate him $25 000.
Circumstances surrounding Magwaza’s case are that on August 10, 2006, he stepped on a high voltage live electricity cable in Msasa Industrial Park on his way to work.
As a result of the shock, Magwaza sustained extensive injuries including deep burns on the lower limbs and numerous deep burns on the chest, leaving him permanently disabled and wheelchair bound.
He was admitted at a local hospital for nine months as he underwent different types of surgeries.
Magwaza submitted that ZETDC was grossly negligent on the day in question by failing to properly secure live electric cables leading to the near-fatal incident.