Harare High Court judge Justice Happias Zhou has ordered Pathfinder Luxury Coaches to pay $60 000 compensation to Shamiso Kasvosve after her husband died in an accident. Kasvosve’s husband, Chris, was one one of 9 people who died when a Pathfinder bus was involved in an accident along the Harare-Bulawayo road in 2013.
Mrs Kasvosve, who was represented by Professor Lovemore Madhuku, filed a lawsuit demanding $60 000 for funeral expenses incurred and loss of support for her and the couple’s three children. Justice Zhou agreed and ordered Pathfinder Luxury Coaches and its driver Bekithemba Masuku to pay the $60 000 saying:
In all the circumstances, the evidence shows that the first defendant negligently caused the accident by failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to act reasonably to stop the bus and by swerving on the right lane thereby encroaching on the way of oncoming traffic. The negligence caused the death of the plaintiff’s husband. Defendants shall pay plaintiff $60 000.