CCMA official wins libel case

2012-03-30 12:53

Johannesburg - A CCMA official has won her libel case in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria after being called "stupid", according to a report on Friday.

The court on Thursday ordered Nelspruit resident Michael Mogorosi to pay plaintiff Elsabe Maree R50 000, and to settle her legal costs, Beeld reported.

Mogorosi slandered Maree in various letters in 2007, after she mediated in a case of unfair labour practice between him and the SA Reserve Bank.

Maree stated in documents submitted to the court that Mogorosi had written letters to two other Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) officials to express his dissatisfaction with the way she had handled his case.

In the letters, he referred to Maree as "lacking in common sense", said she had "misunderstood the facts of the case" and that she was either "incompetent, stupid, or in cahoots with the Reserve Bank".

Mogorosi's third letter, addressed to former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni, stated: "You will laugh at the idiotic findings of Commissioner Maree."

According to Maree, Mogorosi tried to ruin her good name by questioning her impartiality, Beeld reported.

Mogorosi stated in his letter to Mboweni that his working conditions at the Reserve Bank had become unbearable, and that he had effectively been demoted from manager to clerk.

  • Melinda - 2012-03-30 12:57

    lekker pay up and smile

  • Loo - 2012-03-30 12:59

    Bwahahah .. she wasn't all that STUPID after all Mr. "now clerk and out of 50 grand" Mogorossi. No wonder you were demoted dude , you seem to be a stupid,, rught decision by reserve bank to demote. "Peter Principle" in action

  • Annelise - 2012-03-30 13:01

    Let us enjoy justice while we have it!

  • Napolita - 2012-03-30 13:13

    Wow, what is wrong in thinking someone is either "incompetent, stupid, or in cahoots with the Reserve Bank"? What is wrong in suggesting that someone's judgement may be a result of "lacking in common sense"? So from now, one has to first consult a lawyer before passing comments on the conduct of civil servants??? Oh please....somebody point out the basis for libel here!!

      Anastasia - 2012-03-30 13:22

      You may certainly think them. But the minute you utter the words, or included them in a document, you leave yourself open for litigation. He impacted on her reputation with spurious allegations.

      NrGx - 2012-03-30 13:25

      Oh dont be stupid...o crap! (tongue in cheek)

      Patrick - 2012-03-30 13:55

      There's a big difference between saying those things to someone's face and saying those things about someone to someone else. If he had said them to her face or included her in those letters then it's a different story but in this case he was telling other people in the same department how stupid she was without her being able to have her say at all. What he said about her would affect her in the way people view her and her abilities ultimately affecting her career etc. It's like me telling other people you're a gibbering idiot behind your back without allowing you the opportunity to prove me wrong, it's unethical.

  • Anastasia - 2012-03-30 13:15

    I love that this is getting media attention. I am hoping (ha) that some of the commentors are paying attention to this finding, as well as the "twitter/soccer player" judgement - It is not unique to SA that people using social commentary, think they can act with impunity, and say whatever they feel. The freedom of expression act (SA) is clear on the rights of others, when they are the subject of discussion. One or two more of these cases, and perhaps people will wise up a bit.

      Arthur - 2012-03-30 13:24

      Oh sod off fool *wink wink*

  • hoyingomane - 2012-03-30 13:45

    Because of her skin colour

      Anastasia - 2012-03-30 13:57

      Please expand on your comment.

      patrick.saunders123 - 2012-03-30 14:11

      What the hell does skin colour have to do with this?

      deon.schyff - 2012-03-30 14:18

      talking about racist - I thought this was a libel case????

  • PieterWolf - 2012-03-30 13:55

    Who is stupid now.??

  • Rashida - 2012-03-30 14:05


  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-30 14:22

    @Patrick. Well said buddy. It is in fact, a legal position.

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