Court name
Labour Court
Case number
LC/ H/ 496 of 2013

Chokuona v Health Services Board (LC/ H/ 496 of 2013) [2014] ZWLC 19 (16 January 2014);

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[2014] ZWLC 19
Coram
Maxwell J

IN THE LABOUR COURT OF ZIMBABWE                             JUDGMENT NO. LC/H/19/2014

HARARE, 06  & 17 JANUARY 2014                                      CASE NO. LC/ H/496/13

In the matter between:-

 

KURAUONE CHOKUONA                                                Applicant

And

HEALTH SERVICES BOARD                                            Respondent

 

Before The Honourable F.C. Maxwell, Judge

 

(IN CHAMBERS)

 

MAXWELL J.;

 

          On the 3 July 2013 Applicant noted an appeal against the determination of the Respondent’s Appeals Officer confirming the penalty of discharge imposed by the Disciplinary Authority.  The matter was set down for hearing on 26 September 2013.  On the 26 September 2013 the parties appeared before Honourable Justice L. Kudya who gave the following order

 

IT IS ORDERED

 

That, the record of proceedings being incomplete, matter be and is hereby postponed to 7th October 2013; 2.15 pm to allow Respondent a chance to regularize same.”

 

          Applicant was appearing in person and Respondent was represented by the Board Legal Advisor, Mr C. Gutu.  On 7 October 2013 both parties were in default.  Honourable Justice L. Kudya made the following order

 

IT IS ORDERED THAT

 

No appearance for either party despite warning in court on 26 September 2013.

Matter struck off the roll.”

 

(Underlining for emphasis)

 

          On 14 November 2013 Applicant made t     his Chamber Application for rescission of default judgment.  In the founding affidavit he states that:-

 

“On the 26th of September 2013 the parties were advised by the Court that the matter was postponed sine die to enable the Respondent to file its Heads of Arguments and parties had to arrange for a set down date with the registrar.”

 

          Cleary this is not borne by the record.  The parties were advised that the matter had been postponed to the 7th of October 2013 at 2.15 pm.  Applicant is not being honest with the court and therefore does not deserve any sympathy.  Consequently the application fails for lack of merit.

 

          Wherefore the application is accordingly dismissed.