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Stellenbosch MunicipalityCape Argus reports that the Labour Court has ordered the Stellenbosch Municipality to compensate a former employee, after the municipality failed to overturn a review of a finding by the SA Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC) to reinstate her.

In March 2018, Revonah Anthony, who had been employed by the municipality since 2006, appeared before a disciplinary hearing, after the municipality investigated allegations that she had misrepresented facts surrounding her matric certificate. Anthony was found guilty of misconduct and dismissed. She appealed the dismissal and the presiding officer at the appeal found that, while she was guilty of the complaints against her, a final written warning operative for 12 months with salary increments withheld for a period of a year would be a more appropriate sanction. He took into account her personal circumstances and her submissions regarding stress and depression she had experienced and ordered that she be reinstated and allowed to return to work on 1 August 2018. But, the municipality decided to uphold Anthony’s dismissal. The matter then went for arbitration at the SALGBC, where the arbitrator found that the municipality’s HR manager had conceded that the dismissal had been procedurally unfair. Labour Court Judge Hilary Rabkin-Naicker said her judgment took into account the procedural unfairness of Anthony’s dismissal which arose due to the municipality’s disregard of the collective agreement to which it was bound. “I am of the view that Anthony must be compensated for her unfair dismissal in an amount equivalent to 10 months of her salary at the time of her dismissal,” she ruled.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mwangi Githahu at Cape Argus

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