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popcruNews24 reports that the court application lodged by 21 Department of Correctional Services (DCS) employees, who want to stop the department from firing them for refusing to return to their offices at the Poyntons Building in Pretoria, was postponed on Monday.  

The employees, who belong to the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), have refused to return to the 32-storey building after it was declared a fire hazard and evacuated last month.  Even though the building was subsequently cleared for use, the Popcru members claim it is still too dangerous to enter and have asked to be allowed to work at another location.  They claim in court papers that the building is a death trap.  On Monday, the case was postponed until 12 October, when the court will decide whether the Labour Court has jurisdiction to hear the matter.  The DCS has argued that it does not.  The merits of the case have not yet been heard, pending a ruling on the jurisdiction issue.  In its court papers, the DCS said that the building was "relatively safe", although there might be "insignificant risks" that were "well mitigated".  The DCS also pointed out that everyone working in the building, except the 21 Popcru members, have returned to work, including more than 1,000 DCS employees, between 400 and 700 SA National Defence Force workers and 40 employees from the Auditor-General's office.

  • Read this report by Sarah Evans in full at News24

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