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By unknown | Mar 02, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The sacked 2010 World Cup coordinator for Mbombela, in Mpumalanga, Differ Mogale, is taking the municipality to court for unfair dismissal - again.

Mogale, 38, was fired for the second time on Monday night at a council meeting after a two-week investigation by municipal officials.

He signed a five-year contract to work as Mbombela's 2010 coordinator in November, but was fired only two months later because he had been appointed "unprocedurally" by municipal manager Jacob Dladla.

Mogale took the municipality to the Johannesburg labour court, alleging unfair dismissal, and won.

The court ruled that the municipality's decision to fire Mogale did not constitute termination of his contract. Mogale was reinstated pending an investigation, which was completed on Monday.

The council resolved that Mogale's contract and letter of appointment be repudiated on the grounds that Dladla deliberately disregarded a council resolution to the contrary and signed Mogale's employment contract.

Yesterday Mogale said he would take the municipality to court again.

He said: "Whether I was appointed [contrary to] procedure or not has nothing to do with me. I can't bear the brunt of their personal issues."

The municipality claimed that it had found that the contract between Mogale, Dladla and the municipality was invalid.

The council has resolved that disciplinary procedures be instituted against Dladla and its executive mayor, Justice Ntsibande.

The two will have to repay to the municipality all the money spent on appointing Mogale.

Ntsibande is being charged with misleading the council.

Mogale said he did not receive his dismissal letter until yesterday morning and he has instructed his lawyer to institute an action against the municipality.


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