Ipid's goods attached for failing to comply with CCMA order

2016-09-14 21:10
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Johannesburg - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has until September 29 to stop the sheriff of the court from removing furniture, including 10 fridges, 10 microwaves and 120 bookshelves, from its offices.

Goods worth R393 400 were attached last week following the organisation's failure to comply with an order by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

The CCMA ruled in favour of Antoinette Mphago, Moses Dlamini and Pule Maoka ordering that they be paid three months' salary after the Labour Court ruled in their favour in an unfair labour practice matter.

An official at the sheriff's office confirmed that goods had been attached and that they were waiting for instruction to remove furniture and appliances from Ipid's headquarters in Pretoria.

Spokesperson for the watchdog Robbie Raburabu told News24 he couldn't confirm whether or not goods were attached, even though the execution of enforcement of award notice reflects that it was received by a Mrs Khensani Teffo from Ipid's legal services.

"I wasn't there when the sheriff apparently came, I've asked around but security doesn't seem to know anything about it," he told News24.

Ipid challenging ruling

Raburabu also insists the attachment is premature.

"They jumped the gun. There is still time in which the order could be paid out."

Raburabu also claimed that the police watchdog is challenging the outcomes of the arbitration process, explaining that it was wrong to attach and remove goods from Ipid while the matter was still to be heard.

The three were placed on precautionary suspension and abruptly transferred to different parts of the country. They were banned from Ipid head offices in Pretoria pending investigations into their behaviour.

Ipid had initially been given 14 days to settle a debt of R901 040.25 to its employees, an order which was handed to the organisation on August 19.

Though there had been claims that the three were being targeted due to perceived allegiances to suspended Ipid head Robert McBride, the police watchdog has maintained action taken against them was for leaking information to the media.

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