Commercial Farmers' Union of Zimbabwe

Commercial Farmers' Union of Zimbabwe

***The views expressed in the articles published on this website DO NOT necessarily express the views of the Commercial Farmers' Union.***

Magistrates defy call to end strike

Magistrates defy call to end strike

08/04/2011 00:00:00
by Lindie Whiz

MAGISTRATES at the Bulawayo and Western Commonage magistrates’ courts did 
not report for duty on Friday, defying a call by their union to end the 
ongoing national strike for better pay.

On Thursday the Magistrates’ Association of Zimbabwe (ZMA) signed a joint 
statement with their employer, the Judicial Services Commission (JSC), and 
the Chief Magistrate’s Office calling on officers to return to work while 
negotiations continue.

However, only the provincial magistrate in charge of Bulawayo and 
Matabeleland North provinces, John Masimba, turned up at the Bulawayo 
magistrates’ courts while no sitting took place at Western Commonage.

Meanwhile, 15 new cases were brought before Masimba who remanded out of 
custody all the suspects including two facing a robbery charge and a 
juvenile charged with attempted murder.

Even in cases where suspects were pleading guilty Masimba would not record 
any plea and remanded them 21 April.

Magistrates stopped reporting for work on Monday to press for higher pay. 
Magistrates currently earn between US$206 and US$236 while regional 
magistrates earn US$300.

The ZMA is demanding payment of US$600 for magisterial assistants, US$1,000 
for junior magistrates, US$1,500 for senior magistrates, US$2,000 for senior 
provincial magistrates, US$2,500 for regional magistrates, US$3,000 for 
senior regional and deputy Chief Magistrate and US$3,300 for the Chief 

The strike has left police chiefs fearing the possible breach criminal 
suspects’ rights by holding them beyond the 48 hours allowed by law before 
they are taken to court.

Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa has advised police to fine suspects 
arrested on minor offences, and refer more serious criminals to Zimbabwe’s 
prisons after reports holding cells countrywide were filling up.

Also caught up in the strike are couples intending to wed, and those seeking 
to force through their divorces. Marriage and divorce certificates must be 
signed by a magistrate.

Zim Magistrates Resume Work

08/04/2011 13:03:00

Harare, April 08, 2011 – Zimbabwe’s magistrates, who went on strike last 
Monday to press for a review in their salaries, on Friday resumed duty after 
government promised them a 100 percent salary hike.

Sources privy to Thursday’s discussions entered between the magistrates and 
their employer, the Judicial Service Commission told Radio VOP on Friday 
that the entry point for a magistrate will now be US$490.

“The whole salary spectrum is between US$490 and slightly above US$1120,” 
said a Harare magistrate on condition of anonymity.

Currently, Zimbabwe’s magistrates are getting salaries of between $200 and 
$300. They were demanding salaries ranging from $1000 for the lowest paid to 

According to the sources, the new salary structure is with effect from April 
1 this year.

Another magistrate interviewed on condition of anonymity said the new 
salaries, although falling short of what they were demanding, were 

Reached for comment Magistrates Association of Zimbabwe (MAZ) secretary 
general Munamato Mutevedzi refused to discuss the new salaries.

“We issued a statement yesterday. We cannot comment on anything outside the 
statement,” he said.

In Thursday’s statement issued jointly by the Judicial Service Commission, 
the Chief Magistrate and MAZ, the parties agreed the magistrates would 
resume work immediately while negotiations continued.

“Negotiations between the JSC and the MAZ are continuing. We wish to notify 
wish to notify the nation that magistrates, being judicial officers, remain 
deeply touched by the plight of the general public who have been prejudiced 
by the impasse between us,” read the statement in part.


Killer poacher jailed 18 years

Killer poacher jailed 18 years   3/7/2019 The Chronicle Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Court Reporter A POACHER who ganged up with a colleague and fatally attacked a

Read More »

New Posts: