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effSunday Independent reports that a protracted labour dispute between the EFF and a sacked employee dating back to January 2015 has now culminated in the sheriff of Johannesburg North seeking to effect an order to attach close to R500,000 from the party’s bank account.  

On Tuesday, the sheriff served a writ on the Braamfontein branch of the FNB on Jorissen Street demanding the attachment of a total of R492,275 from the EFF’s branch account.  The notice stated that the EFF was still to be served.  This matter related to the EFF’s unfair dismissal of advocate Fenya Maabane, who had been the EFF’s researcher in the Limpopo legislature.  He was dismissed three years ago after being charged with absenteeism and with shirking his duties.  He challenged his dismissal and the CCMA ruled in his favour.  The EFF then had until February 2016 to settle the amount, but failed to do so, which resulted in Maabane taking the matter to the Labour Court.  On 10 January last year, the Labour Court also ruled in favour of Maabane, instructing the sheriff to effect the order at R405,790.  But so far the EFF hasn’t complied.  To date, the sheriff’s costs at R2,500 and 10.25% interest calculated from 14 January 2016, amounting to R83,984, have escalated the figure to R492,275.  EFF Human resources manager, Nomhle Ngcobo, said although she was aware of the matter, she was not permitted to speak to the media.  EFF national spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, undertook to follow up the matter internally to give an official response, but did not respond further.

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