Ex-fire chief wins case against dismissal

2012-02-07 09:43

Johannesburg - A former Limpopo fire chief has won a lengthy court battle against his dismissal, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Constitutional Court unanimously ruled in his favour on Monday after he was fired in 2004, reported Beeld newspaper.

Jakobus Visser was appointed as the Mopani district's fire chief in 2003, and initially given a travel allowance because he had to commute between Tzaneen and Giyani.

The travel allowance was suspended after a few months, but because Visser was not prepared to travel at his own expense, he reported for duty at the Tzaneen office, instead of the Giyani office.

The municipality fired him in 2004, stating that Visser had abandoned his post without the necessary authority.

Visser took his battle to the labour court and the appeals court, managing each time to get a wrongful dismissal verdict.

The appeal court ordered the Mopani Municipality to reappoint Visser, and to pay him the salary owed to him since 2004.

The municipality lodged an appeal with the Constitutional Court, but the bid was on Monday rejected unanimously by a full bench of judges.

Visser's lawyer, Len Dekker, said on Tuesday that the sum total of his client's salary amounted to R3.5m, excluding interest and legal costs dating back to 2004, which could add another R500 000.

  • Ilizma - 2012-02-07 09:50

    Good for him; well done!!

      Mhlophe - 2012-02-07 11:59

      Yes well done. But, where's the justice when it took 8 years to get to this point. Decisions like this need to be made a lot more swiftly.

      procold2 - 2012-02-07 13:24

      limpopo again to foot the bill for its short comeings by the ones in charge

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-05 23:43

      Dis goeie nuus. Die wetters het hom gefire omdat hy wit was niks anders nie. Darem maar een wit ou wat nie bang was om die vet varke hof toe te vat nie. Uitstekend.

  • miyo27 - 2012-02-07 09:55

    As soon as I saw that this had to do with the Limpopo government I immediately knew it was about some sort of fraud/corruption/irregularity.

  • Irene - 2012-02-07 10:01

    Well done Jakobus Visser. Judging by your name I think we all know what the real reason was for your 'dismissal'.

      Janice - 2012-02-07 10:36

      Excellently put Irene!

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-07 10:47

      Could not agree more Irene, awesome, one for the whitey at last!

  • Hermann - 2012-02-07 10:27

    Give that man and the judges Bells!

  • foxiloxi - 2012-02-07 10:34

    That is dedication!! I would have given up years ago!! Glad he won after all that! But is 7 years of fighting these battles worth the R3.5 he is going to get out of it?

      Ziggie - 2012-02-07 11:18

      Just to win is positive. He should get most of it, if you win the other pays for costs. He can retire now if he is a carefull spender.

      Mhlophe - 2012-02-07 12:00

      If he get it, then comes the TAX!

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  • braamc - 2012-02-07 10:37

    Show these ANC filth a thing or two, good on you!

  • Doc - 2012-02-07 10:42

    Well done!!!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-07 10:49

    Bloody AA and BEE need to be dismantled, it's done too much harm to SA already. If you cant get the job on merit, there is every chance you not capable of performing the required duties anyway!

  • Derk - 2012-02-07 11:08

    resign and retire now

  • Ziggie - 2012-02-07 11:14

    Good stuff!!!!, show them. For Zuma exstra planes, WTF.

  • Mike - 2012-02-07 11:39

    Nice one.

  • chester.wandsworth - 2012-02-07 11:57

    4 mill in 7 years? I wanna be a fire-chief too!!!

  • Clive - 2012-02-07 12:19

    At last,it takes courage to fight for what is right.Now lets see how the money is going to be paid out,I bet you there will be delays and more delays,court orders etc.The word "obstructive" comes to mind.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-02-07 12:41

    Give this man a Bells!!!

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-02-07 13:20

    Bully for you, Jakobus. Show those half brains they don't know what they are doing, and couldn't organise a booze up in a brewery! Wonder how much money they wasted on court cases - money that should have been spent on infrastructure and the poor. But of course the fat cats won't worry bout such a small thing. Well done Mr. Visser!!

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