sandf thumb medium90 89The Star reports a former soldier who was fired over a rape that he went on to prove he did not commit is headed to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).  

Mozamane Teapson Maswanganyi, who was axed after being convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in July 2014, is seeking a ruling compelling the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to automatically reinstate him based on his successful appeal.  He was released from prison on 16 February 2015, after his appeal succeeded and his conviction and sentence were set aside.  Maswanganyi indicated in his founding ConCourt affidavit:  “My conviction and sentence were wholly quashed on appeal.  Notwithstanding this, the SANDF has refused to reinstate me on the basis that the termination of my employment occurred automatically by operation of law.  As a result, I have lost my livelihood after years of service and am still being penalised for an incorrect conviction that has since been set aside.”  The SANDF will oppose Maswanganyi’s application at the ConCourt.  The hearing is set for 19 November.

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