Department vehicles attached by sheriff

2015-11-13 06:00

THE Department of Correctional Services is once again in hot water following an order from the Kokstad sheriff.

The department failed to adhere to a ruling by the regional division of the Kokstad Magistrate’s Court
in 16 March in the matter between the former area commissioner of the Kokstad management area, James Baxter and the department.

Baxter challenged the department in court when it failed to hire him for the position of Eastern Cape regional commissioner.

He won the first round of the “unfair labour” case as the court found that the department engaged in an unfair labour practice when it overlooked him for the position in question.

The court ruled that the department must compensate Baxter
nearly R400 000 by 15 May for not hiring him in the position of regional commissioner in the Eastern Cape. The department however,
failed to pay Baxter the amount, which resulted in the sheriff ordering the attachment of six of the
department's vehicles to settle the liability.

The Fever is in possession of the order which lists the attachment of a Nissan Almera, two Mercedes-Benz Sprinter buses, Nissan and
an Isuzu FTR 800 bus owned
by the correctional services department.

The Fever is also in possession
of an official document from the office of the sheriff detailing that KwaZulu-Natal regional commissioner Mnikelwa Nxele instructed officials not release the vehicles from the Kokstad medium prison, where the cars are kept.

Regional co-ordinator at the Department of Correctional Services in KZN Thulani Dlamini said the KZN Correctional Services office would not comment on the issue.

“The Department of Correctional Services KZN is not at liberty to comment, however, the paper is kindly advised to inquire at the Eastern Cape Correctional Services regional office as well as the national office pertaining to the issue.”

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