Justice David Mangota on Wednesday 10 October 2018 set strict timelines which will see lawyers
representing the applicants and the respondents filing answering affidavits by Monday 15 October
2018, applicants’ heads of argument by 18 October 2018 and respondents’ heads of argument by 24
October 2018 before the hearing of the merits of the matter on Wednesday 31 October 2018.
Charles, whose brother was shot and killed alongside six other civilians in post-election violence on 1
August 2018 and the Counselling Services Unit (CSU), who are the applicants, are challenging the
lawfulness of Mnangagwa’s conduct in appointing the Motlanthe-led Commission of Inquiry and wants
it to be declared unconstitutional and set aside.
The applicants want the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission or the National Peace and
Reconciliation Commission to be given authority to appoint persons fit to be commissioners and to be
appointed as the appropriate body to conduct investigations of the 01 August 2018 killing.
Charles and CSU also want Mnangagwa’s decision in appointing Professor Lovemore Madhuku and
Professor Charity Manyeruke to be set aside and also want the Commission of Inquiry’s terms of
references to be amended to include revealing the identity of the individuals who perpetrated the
human rights violations and who deployed the military to the streets on 01 August 2018 among other