(1) W. CHOMUREMA (2) MUZOKOMBA
SUPREME COURT OF ZIMBABWE
HARARE, JUNE 30, 2014 & JANUARY 29, 2015
Applicants in person
Mr A K Maguchu, for the respondents
Before GWAUNZA JA, in chambers in terms of r 5 of the Rules of the Supreme Court, 1964.
The applicants are appearing before a judge of this Court for the third time, their earlier applications having been dismissed on procedural grounds. Essentially in this and the previous two applications, the applicants are requesting this Court to give to them leave, which they perceive to have been denied by the Labour Court, to file a belated appeal against their dismissal from employment with the respondent. In this quest the two have made tracks back and forth between the Labour Court and this Court, with the result that the matter is now hopelessly entangled in procedural niceties. It became evident to me that this ‘tangle’ had to be unravelled first before a way forward could be ascertained. This is particularly so given that the legally unrepresented but determined applicants are pressing to have their day in court albeit they complicated matters further by filing lengthy and repetitive submissions with each application they brought before both courts. Accordingly after hearing the parties and in order to enable me to properly determine the matter, I directed them to re-construct the record and arrange all the applications and other papers in the order they had been filed. I indicated I would then peruse the record and give any directions that may be necessary to unlock the process and have the matter move forward. This would, at the same time, point the applicants to any options that may be open to them in terms of the way forward.