President Emmerson Mnangagwa has ordered Mines minister Winston Chitando to intervene and resolve the issue of evicted Shabanie Mine ex-workers with immediate effect.
The mine management ordered the eviction of thousands of its former employees from company houses with the majority of them thrown onto the streets.
The ex-workers, through the National Mine Workers’ Union, have been fighting the evictions in the courts, arguing they would only move out after the company had paid their outstanding salaries and terminal benefits.
Speaking to Great Dyke News 24, Minister Chitando said they have agreed with the management that no one will be evicted from the houses adding that they will be monitoring on a monthly basis to make sure the evictions will never happen again.
“We had a meeting today together with honorable Ziyambi Ziyambi who is the Minister of justice and the Shabanie Mine management.
“We discussed the eviction of ex-employees from their houses.
“We have come with a message from the President of the Republic whereby he said no one must be evicted from houses, so we delivered it to the management,” he said.
“After that , the management promised us that no one will be evicted from the houses both the current and former workers.
“We will be coming back every month to monitor the situation and make sure that it will never happen again,” added Chitando.
According to reports, the workers were evicted to pave way for the Midlands State University Zvishavane campus staff.
In 2015 the High Court gave the mine the greenlight to evict the former employees although the workers successfully applied for an interdict against eviction.