No beef with Davies - Mamodupi
NATIONAL consumer commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi, who is in a bitter court battle to have her employment contract extended, yesterday denied there was bad blood between herself and Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies.
"I don't believe we are not on good terms," she said. "I would welcome a meeting with the minister. Ours is like any other employer-employee relationship."
Mohlala-Mulaudzi patted herself on the back for having "excelled" in her job since her deployment in November 2010, saying she deserved to remain in the position for at least five years.
Her employment contract expires on September 3, but she is adamant she will not leave without a fight.
While Mohlala-Mulaudzi has put R34-million back in the pockets of consumers, a figure exceeding her R33-million budget, she is said to have lost favour with some government departments and big players in the private sector because of her "over-eagerness" to issue compliance notices.
Mohlala-Mulaudzi has already been in court three times.
The Johannesburg Labour Court dismissed her latest urgent application in June, ruling there was no evidence to show Davies was in breach of contract or was contractually bound to consider "certain factors" before deciding on whether to renew her contract or not.
In February, Davies gave Mohlala-Mulaudzi a letter informing her that her contract would not be renewed. Later her post was advertised. The court set aside the letter and interviews were halted.
Mohlala-Mulaudzi argued that Davies was biased and not a suitable person to make a decision relating to renewal of her contract.