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1,748 maintenance cases heard in Bulawayo

by Sithabile Mafu
26 Sep 2013 at 12:46hrs | Views
THE Maintenance Court in Bulawayo has heard 1 748 maintenance cases from January to date a marked increase from last year 1 854 for the whole year.

The court is hearing an average of 30 cases per day.

The highest number of cases was heard in January, March, April and July this year where, 206, 226, 226 and 207 matters were dealt with.

In February, there were 194 cases while in May there were 196, June (183), and August (147).

A total of 180 have been heard so far this month.

The cases that make their way to the courts would have come mostly from organisations such as the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA), Msasa Project, Justice for Children Trust and Christian Legal Society.

ZWLA coordinator for southern region, Ms Sethulo Ncube expressed concern on the situation. She urged men to honour their role and provide for their families.

The Maintenance Court now sits for five days a week because of the upsurge in number of cases.

The court used to hear cases on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday while Monday and Tuesday were reserved for making new applications.

On average, at least 50 applications are being made on Mondays and Tuesdays, which has resulted in the courts sitting daily.

Source - Byo24News