harare-magistrates-court.03.09.10.jpgThe nationwide strike by Magistrates and supporting staff over poor remuneration has entered day 3 this Wednesday.

It is 3 days into the strike by lower courts officials and the effects are affecting the whole justice delivery system.

Lower courts judicial officers are demanding minimum salaries of between US$1 000 and US$3 000 depending on seniority.

It is understood that the industrial action is affecting the situation at police holding cells across the country as the number of arrested people awaiting trial is increasing daily.

Zbc News visited Rotten Row and Mbare Magistrates Courts only to find both courts not operating.

Witnesses and accused persons who had come for trial complained that the strike was inconveniencing them.

“We will take a long time in police cells and we are not even sure when exactly will these Magistrates resume work to preside over our cases,” said one accused.

Efforts to get a comment from the Judicial Services Commission were in vain as the Deputy Secretary, Mr Rex Shana did not answer his mobile phone.

The Magistrates Association of Zimbabwes’ Secretary General, Mr Munamato Mutevedzi however maintained that consultations with the Judicial Services Commission over the strike are still continuing.

The Judicial Services Commission, Magistrates Association of Zimbabwe and the Chief Magistrate met for over 4 hours on Tuesday to chart the way forward but the meeting resolved nothing concrete.