Politics

Axed DG reinstated by courts, Nyanda disagrees

By Andy Rice 27 August 2010

Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda fired his Director General Mamodupi Mohlala in July, citing an irretrievable breakdown in trust between himself and her. Mohlala countered by filing an urgent interdict, claiming that the axing was unlawful, and she should be reinstated or be transferred to another public post of equal stature. She also wrote to the President, who then despatched Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi to intervene. The Labour Court reinstated Mohlala to her position as Director General of Communications on Thursday, with full rights and benefits of her contract of employment. Pretty clear, then. The Labour Court puts Mohlala back in her old position. Except Nyanda doesn't want her anymore. A statement issued by his office says, "It is therefore important to note that the agreement does not imply the immediate reinstatement of the former DG to her old position but to allow for what she initially requested from the President to take effect.” Mohlala will take paid leave until 27 September, when Baloyi is expected to redeploy her elsewhere. Read more: ITWeb and Business Report.

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