MDC-T wins T-shirt legal fight


THE High Court has ruled in favour of the MDC-T and dismissed South African clothing company Cabat Trade’s demand for R46,6 million for campaign T-shirts printed for the main opposition party in the run-up to the 2008 harmonised elections.


Cabat Trade and a Bulawayo firm, Security Mills, had sued the MDC-T for over R46,6 million for the manufacturing and supplying of the party’s T-shirts, but the matter was dismissed by Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Maxwell Takuva.

Cabat Trade and Security Mills filed summons against the MDC-T sometime in 2009.

According to court papers, Cabat Trade is a registered South African company which is in the business of making textile clothing and allied products while Security Mills is based in Bulawayo.

In July 2009, the two firms issued summons against MDC-T for the payment of R46 627 863, 93 being the alleged purchase price of goods sold by Cabat Trade at the party’s special instance and delivered by Security Mills to the party in March 2008.

But, Justice Takuva ruled there was no evidence linking the party to the deal. MDC-T was represented by its secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora.


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