Dissident ANCYL member fired from municipal job

2015-09-09 13:56
The North West ANCYL members who went to court to stop the national congress from firing Gontse Maruping.

The North West ANCYL members who went to court to stop the national congress from firing Gontse Maruping.

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Johannesburg - A North West African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) member, who went to court to stop the national congress, has been fired from his job at the Maquassi Hills local municipality.

Gontse Maruping told News24 on Wednesday he believes he lost his job because he "fought their masters".

He said he received the termination letter on Sunday when he arrived home from Johannesburg.

"I'm sure this is an instruction from the ANC, because they saw me fighting, because I was brave enough to confront them."

"There was no formal [disciplinary] hearing. Nothing from them just an outright dismissal," he said.

Municipal manager Itumeleng Ronald Jonas denied Maruping was fired because of the ANCYL congress, saying this was an excuse. It was "rather because he never came to work".

"The only time we saw him was on television. We have been looking for him, he's not coming to work.

"According to the Labour Relations Act, I have to act. It's fruitful and wasteful expenditure," he told News24.

An extension

Last weekend ANCYL national task team convenor and Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula said the group of North West members, who had brought the urgent application to prevent the ANCYL congress from going ahead would "face the wrath of the party".

According to the dismissal letter, Maruping was fired "due to abscondment".

It states he received a letter on July 8 asking him to explain why he had not been reporting to work.
Maruping said he was the municipality spokesperson, but was never given an office.

"I approached the director and asked where am I supposed to work, receive emails, write, respond to media inquiries.

"This man said, 'no, we are attending to your issue, just gallivant around'," Maruping claimed.

He said he was also told he was now reporting to Jonas, who then also told him to "gallivant around" until they sorted out the issue of an office

Maruping confirmed he received the letter asking for an explanation. However, he said he was attending work, but his name was not on the attendance register so he could not sign in.

He then approached his union.

"We wrote a letter back requesting an extension to respond. They never came back to me, they never talked to me."

Jonas denied this, saying the municipality had given him a seven-day extension, but Maruping never responded.

He also said Maruping never raised the attendance register issue with him.

"He knows very well he has not reported to work. The public is complaining about how he is being paid while he is sitting at home."

Maruping said he was consulting his lawyer on Wednesday about taking the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

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