Top magistrate reinstated, quits
A FORMER senior regional magistrate who was fired for misconduct and re-instated following an appeal at the Labour Court, has resigned barely 24 hours after getting his job back.
Mr Sikhumbuzo Nyathi who was fired for allegedly trying to bribe a junior magistrate to influence her judgment won his appeal against Judicial Service Commission.
Mr Nyathi’s reinstatement followed a ruling by a Gweru Labour court judge, Justice Custom Kachambwa, who ordered JSC to either reinstate or charge him again within 30 days. Chief Magistrate Mr Mishrod Guvamombe said Nyathi was re-instated.
“Yes, he was re-instated but he immediately resigned. He came to work for a day only,” said Mr Guvamombe
Mr Nyathi was suspended in March last year after a whistle-blower claimed that he sent a Lupane-based magistrate, Aelene Munamati, $305 via EcoCash to influence her judgment against Client Hwanda, who was facing assault charges.
Hwanda was eventually convicted and fined $300 by Munamati, the magistrate that Mr Nyathi allegedly tried to bribe.
Mr Nyathi was fired by the JSC after a disciplinary committee chaired by the then Chief Registrar of Superior Courts, Munamato Mutevedzi concluded that he was guilty of misconduct.
After the dismissal, Mr Nyathi appealed against the ruling at the Labour Court and he won. — @AuxiliaK