High Court or­ders woman to set­tle late mum’s bill

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

sub­urb had bound her­self as a guar­an­tor for the hospi­tal bill.

Ncube was ad­mit­ted to the Ro­man Catholic-run hospi­tal for an undis­closed ail­ment be­fore she later suc­cumbed to the dis­ease.

The rul­ing by Bulawayo High Court judge Jus­tice Fran­cis Bere fol­lows an ap­pli­ca­tion for a de­fault judg­ment by Mater Dei Hospi­tal seek­ing an or­der com­pelling Ncube’s daugh­ter Ms Van Ginkel to pay $34 008,80.

In the papers be­fore the courts, the Es­tate of the late Regi­nah Ncube and the As­sis­tant Mas­ter of High Court were cited as the de­fen­dants.

“It is or­dered that that the first and sec­ond de­fen­dants (Van Ginkel and Es­tate late Regi­nah Ncube) pay the sum of $34 008, 80 the one pay­ing the other to be ab­solved,” ruled the judge.

Jus­tice Bere also or­dered Ms Van Ginkel to pay the money with in­ter­est cal­cu­lated from July 8, 2016 to the date of full pay­ment.

The first and sec­ond de­fen­dants were also or­dered to pay the costs of suits.

“Be­tween Novem­ber 8, 2014 and March 4, 2015, the plain­tiff ren­dered hospi­tal ser­vices and sup­plied phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs and med­i­ca­tion in con­nec­tion there­with to the late Regi­nah Ncube who was Van Ginkel’s mother.

“In terms of an agree­ment en­tered be­tween the plain­tiff and the de­fen­dants, Van Ginkel bound her­self as the surety for the med­i­cal bill,” said Mater Dei Hospi­tal.

Mater Dei Hospi­tal, through its lawyers Cogh­lan and Welsh Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers, said de­spite ac­knowl­edg­ing the debt, Van Ginkel has ne­glected or re­fused to set­tle the med­i­cal bill.

The money was due upon Ncube’s dis­charge from hospi­tal. — @mash­nets

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