The Shabanie Mine Ex-Workers Association (Smewa) has resolved to take all its court cases to Bulawayo after accusing magistrates in Zvishavane of corruption.
Smewa chairperson Hilton Nhidza told Now Daily that his group was convinced the local magistrates were compromised.
“The magistrates can never be fair to us because they have been given mine houses to live in and they dont pay any rent,” Nhidza said.
A technician, Rumbidzai Mupandawana, who was recently ordered to leave a mine house in Noelvale, said she was shocked when magistrate Tavengwa Sangster offered to personally move her goods to effect an eviction order.
Shabanie Mashaba Mines (SMM) launched a wave of evictions recently after offering its houses in Zvishavane to Midlands State University and those in Mashava to Great Zimbabwe University.
SMM eviction teams have taken to breaking down doors and seizing belongings of targetted employees and ex-workers. Some said they had hidden belongings at neighbours’ houses and were living in the bush to avoid being sighted by the marauding eviction teams.
Nhidza said Herald propagandist Paul Mundandi was among those evicted.
“The mine security broke down the door to Mundandi’s and to many other houses. They seized goods from some houses, accusing the owners of not paying rent,” Nhidza said.
Midlands senator and MDC shadow minister and spokesperson for home affairs, Lilian Timveos deplored the winter evictions.
“How can these workers pay rent when the employer is not paying them?” Timveos said. “It is unfair to break down doors as the mine did, exposing the people to the winter and to thieves.”
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