Ngubeni feels vindicated after reinstatement

2013-10-21 22:06

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Johannesburg - National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) CEO Steven Ngubeni said on Monday he felt vindicated after the Labour Court ordered his reinstatement.

"The court ruling proves what I have been saying all along: that the decision to suspend and subsequently dismiss me was unlawful and illegal," Ngubeni said in a statement.

"I am now ready to pick up where I have left off with my duties."

Earlier, Judge Andre van Niekerk said the NYDA's decision to fire Ngubeni was in breach of his contract of employment.

"The termination of employment is set aside and the applicant [Ngubeni] is reinstated in the first respondent's [NYDA's] employ until there has been compliance with clause 10.1 [of the contract]," he said in the judgment.

The NYDA was ordered to pay the costs of the proceedings.

On 8 October, the NYDA board decided to fire Ngubeni after it concluded that he was guilty of financial mismanagement and gross dereliction of duty.

Ngubeni reportedly faced seven charges related to the signing off of loans which were later converted to grants in three projects valued at over R30m, before the board's approval was obtained.

The NYDA announced on Monday that all charges against chief operating officer Magdalene Moonsamy and executive manager of corporate services Vincent Mulaudzi had been dropped.

Moonsamy and Mulaudzi were reportedly suspended from the NYDA in July.

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