Honey & Blanckenberg is a well established firm in Zimbabwe which is committed to the promotion of human rights and constitutional law through cases brought to it by individuals, test case litigation referred to the firm by civil society and the pro bono programme administered by the High Court of Zimbabwe.
Some of the human rights and constitutional cases successfully handled by Honey & Blanckenberg in recent years include:
- Constitutional law litigation in the case of Margaret Dongo v The Registrar General and The Attorney General arising from the practice in the Office of the Registrar General whereby married women were wrongly and unlawfully denied the right to assist their minor children obtain passports on the basis of their gender and marital status. The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe ruled that an application for a passport is not a juristic act and therefore the custodian of a minor child can assist that child to obtain a passport.
Public interest litigation in the case of Kachingwe & Others v Minister of Home Affairs & Anor whereby the conditions under which accused persons were detained by the police in holding cells at Highlands Police Station and Matapi Police Station were contested under section 15 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe ruled that the conditions of detention at Highlands Police Station and Matapi Police Station were inhuman and degrading in violation of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
- Constitutional law litigation in the case of Mandizvidza v Chaduka NO & Ors in which the policy and practice of a teacher training college in which a woman who became pregnant during the course of her studies was required to withdraw or was expelled or suspended from her studies at the college was ruled discriminatory and a violation of section 23 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender.