The Lusaka High Court has struck off the matter in which a clinical medical student had sued Legana Meat Products and Pick ‘n’ Pay Supermarket, claiming damages for nausea and excessive vomiting after allegedly consuming a Hungarian sausage that had appeared to be a used condom.
Lusaka High Court Judge Elita Mwikisa struck off the matter from the active cause list on October 31, this year, due to non appearance of parties.
“Due to non appearance of the parties, herein, the matter is struck off the active cause list with liberty to restore within seven days from the date, herein, or else it could be considered dismissed,” Judge Mwikisa ruled.
Meanwhile, Messrs Zulu and Company have withdrawn from representing Kopakopa in the matter.
The law firm also withdrew their representation of Kopakopa and her partner Eric Nhandu, a police reserve, in another matter where Legana Investment Limited had sued the two, claiming damages for defamation of character for accusing it of producing sausages contaminated with condoms and human flesh.
According to notices of withdrawal as advocates issued on November 4, this year, Messrs Zulu and Company explained that they had ceased to act for Kopakopa and Nhandu on October 2, after they were informed in writing that the two had appointed Tutwa Ngulube and Company to represent them in the matter.
In this matter, Kopakopa, who claimed that she went into convulsion after consuming a Hungarian sausage, further wanted an order from the Court that Legana Meat Products be advised to produce sausages in conformity with the general standards, among other claims.
In a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court Principal Registry, Kopakopa had stated that on August 3, this year, she purchased a 1Kg Hungarian sausage from Pick ‘n’ Pay at Makeni Mall and kept the said sausages in the freezer for three days.
Kopakopa claimed that on August 6, she fried one or two sausages, but when she tasted one, she encountered what appeared to be a used condom, which contained some meat inside.
She further claimed that the meat, which surrounded the condom, appeared like human flesh to her.
Kopakopa stated that upon consuming the same, she went into convulsion, stress, fear and, ultimately, excessive vomiting.
“As a result of the above, Kopakopa went into rage to a point, whereby, she had no option, but to alert the members of the public through a video on social media of the danger and fear she encountered by consuming the product of Legana Meat Products,” read the statement of claim.
Kopakopa stated that when she went to seek medical attention at Kabwata Clinic, doctors diagnosed her and found that she was traumatized.
She further claimed that the excessive vomiting and stomach upset led to the inflammation of ribs.