Falgold seeks High Court order

HARARE - Falcon Gold Zimbabwe (Falcongold), one of the country’s leading gold producers, has applied for a High Court order to bar employees from grabbing its Dalny Mine.

In an urgent chamber application, Falgold is citing Mullasios Sakala and 17 others as respondents.

The court heard that respondents (workers) stormed the mine, in Chakari — 175km southeast of Harare, on February 23 this year and disrupted work, after preventing other employees from performing their duties at the mine.

According to court papers, the respondents comprise of Falcon’s employees, former employees and those that are currently on suspension.

“As they did so, they claimed they had taken over the mine. Despite the involvement of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Respondents have vowed to continue with their disruptive activities and to take over the mine from the Applicant (Falcon Gold). They have suggested that they have political support in doing this,” Falcon wrote in court papers.

“The applicant has a reasonable apprehension that in the event that this honourable court should not intervene on an urgent basis and issue an interdictory order against Respondents prohibiting them from acting unlawfully and disrupting the Applicant’s mining activities, the mine will suffer irreparable harm,” reads part of their desired order.

The listed company said actions of the 18 employees would result in the firm suffering financially, and that it would end up failing to pay its workers or sustain operations.

“There is a real danger that the Respondents’ unlawful activities in circumstances where there are still on-going disciplinary cases against various employees may spark and encourage yet another unlawful collective job action or similar action which will bring the applicant’s mining activities to a halt and compound its financial problems,” Falcon said.

Falcon further said it feared a possibility of violence that would result in the destruction of property at the mine. - Tendai Kamhungira

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