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transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that axed Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama wants the Labour Court to order that the 13 members of the power utility’s board are in contempt of court.  

He wants them to be jailed for 90 days, suspended for a period of time, or be fined.  Gama was served with a termination of contract letter on Sunday, with the board giving him six months’ notice, but with his last working day on Monday.  His axing came after investigations found that he and others might have acted unlawfully in relation to the purchase of locomotives.  Gama has since lodged an urgent Labour Court application in a bid to have the termination of his contract overturned, asking the court to order that he is entitled to remain in his position as Transnet CEO.  Alternatively, he wants the court to direct that pending the outcome of arbitration proceedings, he is entitled to remain in his position.  Gama’s argument is that the board is in breach of a Labour Court ruling last week ordering that his dispute with Transnet be referred to arbitration.  Transnet, however, said it was under no obligation to go to arbitration and that the court order did not stop it from taking any decision regarding Gama’s contract.  Gama apparently did not report for work on Tuesday.

  • Read this report by Genevieve Quintal in full at BusinessLive

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