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transnetCity Press reports that the intense battle between Transnet CE Siyabonga Gama and the board of the state logistics company is far from over.  

On Friday, Labour Court Judge Graham Moshoana ruled that he could not interdict the board from dismissing Gama as chief executive, but ordered that the matter be taken on arbitration.  But apparently the board has no intention of going to arbitration, with board members having conducted a round-robin vote late on Friday to press ahead with the decision to fire Gama.  It seems that a decision will soon be communicated to Gama on his future at the parastatal.  Following the ruling on Friday, Gama said:  We have today succeeded in persuading Transnet that they must abide by my employment contract and the Transnet disciplinary code in my case, and that the parties must refer any dispute to an arbitrator”.  Gama had approached the labour court to seek an interdict against the Transnet board from acting on its intention to fire him.  The board’s termination notice was sent on 1 October.  It followed a letter of intent to suspend, which the board had sent to Gama on 15 August.  The board has accused Gama of having caused a breakdown in the relationship during the course of the investigation into a locomotives tender, from which companies linked to the Gupta family received more than R5 billion in kickbacks.

  • Read this report by Abram Mashego in full at City Press
  • Read too, Transnet is said to have dismissed CEO Gama, at Moneyweb

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