ANCYL slams Davies over Mamodupi
THE ANC Youth League yesterday slated Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies for refusing to renew the employment contract of the national consumer commissioner, saying the reasons given for his decision are "frivolous".
The league sang Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi's praises as a "fearless" commissioner who was being "victimised".
"The reasons forwarded that her contract has ended are frivolous to say the least.
"We are left with no doubt that Ms Mohlala-Mulaudzi's dismissal is nothing but an attempt to continue to protect big business in South Africa," league spokeswoman Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said in a statement.
"Minister Rob Davies must properly assess her performance and, in line with fair labour practice, provide her with concrete reasons in the event that her performance has been substandard given the impressive work society has seen her undertake."
Sangweni-Khawe said Mohlala-Mulaudzi had an "outstanding track record" since her days at the Department of Communications and as pension fund adjudicator.
Davies has appointed deputy national commissioner Ebrahim Mohammed as acting commissioner. Mohlala-Mulaudzi's contract ended yesterday. She was appointed in 2010.
Mohlala-Mulaudzi has been embroiled in a bitter court battle with the minister to have her employment contract extended.
She has already been to the Johannesburg Labour Court three times.
Mohlala-Mulaudzi has constantly argued that Davies was a biased and not suitable person to make the decision relating to the renewal of her contract.
She has denied that there was any bad blood between her and Davies.
The decision not to renew her contract comes after she was criticised by the National Consumer Tribunal for her handling of several high-profile cases.
The tribunal claimed she flouted procedure. - firstname.lastname@example.org