Magistrate dismissed for misconduct


GWERU magistrate Gertrude Mayonyose has been dismissed following misconduct charges after she last year delivered a sentence in which a stock thief got away with a $400 fine.


In February last year, Mayonyose fined Felix Tafirei Mujuru, a Mvuma-based farmer $400 after convicting him for stocktheft after he stole a bull belonging to his neighbour.

Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Nokuthula Moyo, however, reversed the ruling after the case was sent for review.

Moyo questioned how a stocktheft case, with a mandatory prison sentence, could attract a fine and this led to a three-month suspension of the magistrate pending a hearing on the misconduct charges.

Sources said Mayonyose was served with the dismissal papers over the issue yesterday. Contacted for comment provincial magistrate Pathekile Msipa could neither deny nor confirm the issue, referring all questions to Chief Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe.

Guvamombe confirmed the sacking of the magistrate.

“I am not in the office at the moment, so I don’t have the correspondence over the issue with me, but I can confirm that it is true that she has been sacked,” he said.

Mayonyose, however, has 21 days to appeal against the verdict passed by the disciplinary committee through the Labour Court.