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Irrelevant Evidence, Speculative Evidence, Character Evidence, Improbable or Implausible Evidence & the Rule of Relevance

HH79-12 : MARIANE SABETA vs COMMISSIONER GENERAL ZIMBABWE REVENUE AUTHORITY
Ruled By: MATHONSI J

This is an application for an order compelling the respondent to assess capital gains tax payable in respect of the sale of Stand 965 Mabelreign Township, Harare and to receive such tax from the Deputy Sheriff for Harare on the pain of costs of the application.The said property is currently ...
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HB02-12 : MUNICIPALITY OF VICTORIA FALLS vs LOIDA NYATHI and 11 OTHERS
Ruled By: NDOU J

These are twelve cases, which were consolidated into two matters, which were heard at the same time.For easy reference, the one matter involved what may be called the ZimSun houses (five (5) defendants under HC2224/08). The five defendants being Alice Ndlovu, Sivumo Ndlovu, Kambarachi Zex Raura, Freda Khumalo and Simolita ...
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HH46-09 : MATTHEW MBUNDIRE vs TYRONE SIM BUTTRESS
Ruled By: CHATUKUTA J

The second witness was Michael Snape. He was seated in the front passenger seat when the accident occurred.He was talking to Dexter who was seated at the back. He had not been paying attention to what was happening in front as he was leaning over talking to Dexter. He however, ...
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SC28-10 : JONATHAN MOYO and MOSES NDLOVU and PATRICK DUBE and SIYABONGA NCUBE vs AUSTIN ZVOMA N.O., CLERK OF PARLIAMENT and LOVEMORE MOYO
Ruled By: CHIDYAUSIKU CJ, MALABA DCJ, SANDURA JA, ZIYAMBI JA and GARWE JA

This is an appeal against the judgment of the High Court wherein PATEL J dismissed the appellants' application to have set aside the election of the second respondent as the Speaker of Parliament (hereinafter referred to as "the Speaker").The appellants, as the applicants in the court a quo, sought the ...
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HH92-09 : SUPA PLANT INVESTMENTS (PVT) LTD vs EDGAR CHIDAVAENZI
Ruled By: MAKARAU JP

The facts giving rise to this application are largely common cause. They are as follows:The applicant is in the farming business, operating a farm in Chakari. In October 2006, it set out to acquire a centre pivot irrigation system for its farm. Its Managing Director, duly authorized to act on ...
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HH113-09 : DIDYMUS MUTASA vs NGONI NDUNA N.O. and ATTORNEY-GENERAL and COMMISSIONER-GENERAL OF POLICE and ROBERT MCKERSIE
Ruled By: PATEL J

The applicant herein is the Minister of State responsible for Presidential Affairs. He was formerly the Minister responsible for Land Reform and Resettlement. The applicant originally sought an order, inter alia, staying and eventually setting aside the execution of a warrant of arrest issued against him on the 6th of ...
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HH102-10 : OLD MUTUAL LIFE ASSURANCE COMPANY ZIMBABWE (PVT) LTD vs PETER RAFTOPOLOUS t/a SELECTIONS
Ruled By: MTSHIYA J

Counsel for the defendant further argued that..., the evidence by Washington Moyo and Michael Anthony Finnigan on the relationship between the plaintiff and CABS was of no consequence. That issue was not before the court. He said to that end the defendant had objected to the production of evidence relating to the relationship, and, indeed, ...
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HH112-10 : CENTRAL AFRICAN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (PVT) LIMITED vs CONSTRUCTION RESOURCES AFRICA (PVT) LIMITED
Ruled By: GOWORA J

The further contention by the defendant is that it would wish to adduce evidence that the unauthorized conduct of Wintertons in instituting proceedings on behalf of the plaintiff was ratified through a resolution passed by counsel for the plaintiff. Counsel for the plaintiff confirms that after the pre-trial conference there was an Annual General Meeting held ...
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HH129-11 : STEPHEN ZINGWE vs SYNODIA GWANZURA (nee CHETENI) and PETTION ELTON GWANZURA
Ruled By: KUDYA J

Mrs Gwanzura convincingly demonstrated that exhibit 3, the purported Agreement of Sale of the property by her to Elizabeth Sithole was forged. The first page originally bore the description of an undeveloped property and the date stamp of her legal practitioners, Maputsenyika and Associates that appear on the other two pages. For what it ...
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HH169-11 : GEORGE PATRICK CHIMHINI vs INTERFIN SECURITIES (PVT) LTD
Ruled By: MTSHIYA J

Counsel for the applicant said the issue of the applicant's previous cheques which had been dishonoured in earlier transactions was of no relevance to the issue at hand. He said it was incumbent upon the respondent to ensure that the value of the shares had been received. I agree with the applicant that the ...
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HMA12-18 : CONSTABLE CHIHWAI vs BOARD PRESIDENT N.O., CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT NYATHI M and COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF POLICE
Ruled By: MAFUSIRE J

Counsel for the applicant sought a postponement. He wanted the chance to supplement the applicant's papers by submitting certain documents that he referred to as the police uncoded rules or standing orders….,. Three documents were filed of record subsequent to the sitting. I have presumed them to be the documents counsel for the applicant had referred to….,. None of the documents ...
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HH176-15 : BARBARA MAKAHAMADZE vs DOUGLAS MUTUVIRA
Ruled By: MWAYERA J

The plaintiff and the defendant were customarily married for about seven years, from 2002 to 2009, when the union became dysfunctional. During the subsistence of the union the parties, who were in universal partnership, acquired movable and immovable property.The parties agreed on issues for referral to trial, namely:-1. What constituted ...
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HH135-16 : FRANCIS NYADINDU and SHILLAH NYADINDU vs BARCLAYS BANK OF ZIMBABWE LTD and SHERIFF OF THE HIGH COURT (N.O.) and REGISTRAR OF DEEDS (N.O.) and SOLID REAL ESTATE
Ruled By: DUBE J

A judgment debtor or any person who has an interest in a sale is entitled to bring objections challenging the conduct of a judicial sale by the Sheriff in terms of Rule 359(1).Objections may be taken on all process leading to the sale and are not limited to the actual ...
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SC58-19 : COMPETITION AND TARIFF COMMISSION vs IWAYAFRICA ZIMBABWE (PRIVATE) LIMITED
Ruled By: GWAUNZA DCJ, MAKARAU JA and BHUNU JA

This is an appeal against the judgment of the High Court, absolving the respondent from the instance at the close of the appellant's case as plaintiff in that court.The FactsThe appellant is a statutory body set up in terms of section 4 of the Competition Act [Chapter 14:28] (“the Act”); ...
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HH283-17 : IGNATIUS MASAMBA vs THE SECRETARY – JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION and MERCY GORONGOZA
Ruled By: CHITAPI J

In this application, the applicant has just bundled together annexures in the form of documents whose relevance and purport is not clear to me.
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HH321-17 : NORMAN MAFERERA vs SUSAN JANUARY
Ruled By: MATANDA-MOYO J

The plaintiff instituted eviction proceedings against the defendant before this court. He claimed for the eviction of the defendant from Stand No.936 Glen Norah Township, Harare and holding over damages of $330 per month from the date of summons to date of vacation. The plaintiff also sought an order for ...
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SC54-06 : VIGOUR FUYANA vs NTOMBAZA MOYO
Ruled By: CHIDYAUSIKU CJ

This is a Chamber application for the condonation of the late noting of an appeal. Although the applicant does not specifically aver this, I shall assume that the application is made in terms of Rule 31 of the Supreme Court Rules (“the Rules”).On 25 July 2005, SANDURA JA, sitting with ...
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HH443-15 : MHANGURA COPPER MINES LIMITED vs TAYENGWA MUSKWE
Ruled By: HUNGWE J

A point in limine is a motion moved by one of the parties to litigation at the very beginning of proceedings aimed at usually pulling the rug from under the feet of the other party, so to speak.In limine motions are designed to facilitate the management of a case, generally, ...
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HH688-14 : GERALD CHIWESHE and SAMEER KHAN and BRUCE THOMAS vs AIR ZIMBABWE HOLDINGS (PVT) LTD
Ruled By: MTSHIYA J

In this consolidated action, each plaintiff claims payment of salary arrears and allowances from the defendant.On 22 January 2013, KUDYA J, who dealt with the pre-trial conference relating to the parties herein issued the following order:“IT ORDERED THAT:1. The parties have failed to reach a settlement.2. The present matter, HC315/12, ...
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HH842-19 : BARIADIE INVESTMENTS (PVT) LTD vs PUWAYI CHIUTSI and TENDAI MASHAMHANDA and REGISTRAR OF DEEDS and SHERIFF OF THE HIGH COURT OF ZIMBABWE N.O. and ELLIOT ROGERS
Ruled By: CHITAPI J

The applicant prays for an order that Deed of Transfer No.708/19 made in favour of the second respondent should be cancelled and that the prior Deed of Transfer No.8421/2000 in the name of the first respondent, and from which transfer in favour of the second respondent was made should be ...
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HB18-15 : JULIET NHLIZIYO (N.O.) and ESTATE LATE HAROLD NHLIZIYO vs NOKUTHULA MOYO and ESTER KELLI (N.O.) and ESTATE LATE PREECE NHLIZIYO and ASSISTANT MASTER (N.O.) and CITY OF BULAWAYO
Ruled By: MAKONESE J

This is an application for absolution from the instance.The first defendant contends that at the close of the plaintiff's case the court should find that the first plaintiff has hopelessly failed to place any evidence before the court upon which a reasonable court may find for the first plaintiff.A joint ...
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HHH458-18 : THE STATE vs KIZITO MUTSURE
Ruled By: CHITAPI J and ASSESSORS: BARWA and CHITSIGA

The accused is charged with the crime of murder as defined in section 47 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act [Chapter 9:23].The accused pleaded not guilty to the allegations, that, on 23 October, he unlawfully caused the death of Modester Chikaka by pouring paraffin over her body and ...
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HHH458-18 : THE STATE vs KIZITO MUTSURE
Ruled By: CHITAPI J and ASSESSORS: BARWA and CHITSIGA

The accused is charged with the crime of murder as defined in section 47 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act [Chapter 9:23].The accused pleaded not guilty to the allegations, that, on 23 October, he unlawfully caused the death of Modester Chikaka by pouring paraffin over her body and ...
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HB25-15 : DORCAS MHLANGA vs BENJAMIN PHAKATSHANE
Ruled By: MUTEMA J and MOYO J

The late Addison Mhlanga was of Malawian extraction who came and naturalized himself in Zimbabwe.He married one Dinah Ndlovu but did not have children. The two then adopted Esther Ncube (nee Nkala) as their child. Dinah Ndlovu pre-deceased Addison Mhlanga. Addison Mhlanga died intestate on 22 September 2003 at age ...
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HB27-15 : MONICA DHLIWAYO vs BONGANI NDLOVU (as Executor Dative estate Late Jubane James Jack) and ESTATE LATE JUBANE JAMES JACK and CLEMENTINE JACK and DEPUTY MASTER OF THE HIGH COURT
Ruled By: MAKONESE J

The plaintiff initiated proceedings by way of an Urgent Chamber Application under case number HC1580/10 seeking an order interdicting the first and second defendants, or any beneficiaries of the second defendant's estate, from disposing of the property known as Lot 1 A of Gumtree held under Deed of Transfer number ...
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HHH374-19 : MUNYARADZI KEREKE vs FRANCIS MARAMWIDZE N.O.
Ruled By: HUNGWE J and WAMAMBO J

The appellant was convicted of rape, as defined in section 65 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act [Chapter 9:23], by the Regional Magistrate, Harare, and sentenced to 14 years imprisonment of which four years were suspended for five years on the usual conditions, on 11 July 2016.The appellant ...
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HB33-15 : MASIWA HWARA vs EUBERTINNAH MUDIMU (as Executrix of Estate Late Felix Mudimu) and ADDITIONAL ASSISTANT MASTER OF THE HIGH COURT N.O.
Ruled By: MUTEMA J

The applicant herein seeks an order that the second respondent re-open the estate of the late Felix Mudimu so that she may lodge her claim for the transfer of a property known as House Number 5747 Nketa 9, Bulawayo.The application is opposed by the first respondent who is the widow ...
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HB44-15 : RAILWAYS ARTISAN UNIONS vs NATIONAL RAILWAYS OF ZIMBABWE and OTHERS
Ruled By: TAKUVA J

This is an application for confirmation of a provisional order issued by the Honourable Mr Justice Kamocha on the 31st day of October 2013.The applicant is a registered trade union representing the artisans employed by the first respondent. It has capacity to sue and be sued in its own name.The ...
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HH118-18 : PINKSTONE MINING (PVT) LTD and TIMOTHY MATANGI and AFRICAN MILLS & MINERALS (PVT) LTD vs LAFARGE CEMENT ZIMBABWE LTD and MINISTER OF MINES AND MINES DEVELOPMENT
Ruled By: ZHOU J

This is an urgent application for an order interdicting the first respondent from carrying on mining operations on the applicant's mineral claims described in the papers as Contrica 9 Registered Number 23331BM; Contrica 21 Registered Number 24482BM; Contrica 45 Registered Number 24866BM; and Contrica 46 Registered Number 24867BM.The order also ...
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HB53-15 : ZB BUILDING SOCIETY vs TAKESURE MASANZU
Ruled By: MOYO J

The plaintiff issued summons in this matter seeking an order as follows:(a) Eviction of the defendant and all those claiming right of occupation through him from a property known as House Number 5 Cypress Avenue, Masasa, Kwekwe.(b) Payment of $3,478 being arrear rentals for the period extending January 2013 to ...
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HH823-15 : AT INTERNATIONAL LTD vs ZIMBABWE REVENUE AUTHORITY
Ruled By: KUDYA J

The answer sought in this appeal is whether, the appellant, a foreign registered company is liable to pay value added tax in Zimbabwe.The appellant disputed liability for value added tax (VAT) arising from the purported importation of goods into and the carrying on of trade in Zimbabwe and appealed against ...