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VUTTimesLive reports that after accidentally being exposed to HIV‚ a lecturer chose to return to his family home to deal with the trauma, but before he could recover he was dismissed by the Vaal University of Technology (VUT).  

Dr Pieter Wynand Conradie challenged his dismissal and last week the Labour Court ruled in his favour.  In January 2015, after Conradie was accidentally exposed to HIV he sought medical treatment and was placed on antiretroviral treatment.  He returned to work in February "but his physical and mental state was deteriorating" and he decided to "recuperate'' at his parents' home in Worcester.  Conradie handed over his supervisory duties to a colleague.  While in Worcester he was informed that by "deserting his workplace without informing the university of his whereabouts‚" he was in breach of his contract.  But the judge ruled that university must have been aware of his whereabouts as it telephoned him twice in Worcester and sent him a pension payout form to the fax number in Worcester that he had provided.  Also, his home address as indicated in his contract of employment was also the relevant address in Worcester.  The court found Conradie was entitled to a salary for two months and ten days.

  • Read this report by Aydn Parrott in full at TimesLive

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