METRORAIL'S Western Cape regional manager, Stephen Ngobeni, has been removed from his post after allegedly lying to his boss about a bonus offer to striking workers.
The announcement was made yesterday by the group chief executive of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA, Lucky Montana, to hundreds of cheering Metrorail employees in Cape Town.
Montana also announced he had sacked former Metrorail chief executive Sisa Mtwa for insubordination.
The move against Ngobeni ended the strike by hundreds of members of the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union, who are set to return to work today.
The strike, by former contract employees who were last year taken into full-time service, was over an offer of an end-of-year bonus that was then withdrawn.
It had allegedly cost Metrorail R40million in lost income and resulted in five passenger carriages being torched.
Addressing a meeting of union and non-Satawu workers, Montana said Ngobeni had repeatedly denied he had offered the bonus.
But on Wednesday he got "the shock of my life" when union leaders showed him a letter in which Ngobeni made the offer.
"He committed a cardinal sin. He lied to me. With effect from yesterday [Wednesday] Stephen Ngobeni is no longer regional manager," he said. - Sapa