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transnetlogo thumb100 City Press reports that Transnet group chief executive Siyabonga Gama will be heading to court this week to interdict the state rail company from firing him.  

In labour court papers expected to be filed on Tuesday, Gama will seek to interdict the board from terminating his employment, and he will also ask the court to declare his “termination notice null and void”.  Gama will be seeking an urgent declaratory order confirming that his employment contract details a disciplinary code and procedure that first has to be undergone before he is dismissed.  In his court papers, Gama quotes the board’s letter – in which it states that “the information about your conduct has resulted in a loss of trust and confidence by the board in your ability to manage Transnet at the highest level and to lead in line with its corporate culture” – as a clear indication that the board already decided to fire him without due process, and without affording him an opportunity to tell his side of the story.  He further insists that, in his case, there are “no exceptional circumstances that justify a deviation” from disciplinary rules.  He says the notice of termination he received “denies me this opportunity, which involves, among other things, an opportunity to cross-examine those who are making these allegations against me”.  The board has already sought legal opinion from labour lawyers, who advised that Gama could be summarily dismissed.

  • Read this report by Abram Mashego in full at City Press

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