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concourtSowetan reports that Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) will square off with its white former employee who was fired for calling a black contractor a “swart (black) man” in a fit of rage over a parking spot.  

RPM and its former senior training officer Meyer Bester are still embroiled in a bitter legal battle over a 2013 incident in which Bester stormed into a meeting and demanded in Afrikaans that chief safety officer Ben Sedumedi remove “that black man’s car”.  Bester said he used the words “swart man” to describe contractor Solly Tlhomelang because he did not know his name.  Following his dismissal, Bester was reinstated after approaching the CCMA, but the company succeeded in having the CCMA ruling overturned by the Labour Court last year.  In May, Bester was again reinstated after the Labour Appeal Court set aside the lower court’s judgment.  However, the company has now approached the Constitutional Court, saying it had no choice but to fire Bester as he was never forthright about the course of events.

  • This short report by Loyiso Sidimba is on page 6 of Sowetan of 18 August 2017

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