Labour Minister appeals court judgment

2015-10-09 19:46
Thousands of South African children are still being used for child labour, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant says. (File, Beeld)

Thousands of South African children are still being used for child labour, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant says. (File, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - The Department of Labour filed an appeal against a Labour Court judgment that its minister Mildred Oliphant acted "unreasonably" and "unfairly" against axed registrar Johan Crouse.

Oliphant's spokesperson Sithembile Tshwete confirmed Oliphant had on Wednesday filed an appeal with the Labour Appeals Court, saying she intended fighting the judgment. 

Tshwete said the labour department believed they would present a solid case against Crouse.

On Monday, the Labour Court ruled against Oliphant, ordering her to reinstate Crouse. Oliphant fired Crouse for gross insubordination, citing he had failed on numerous occasions to brief her on his application to place the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood, and Allied Workers Union under administration.

Oliphant was also ordered to pay a portion of Crouse's legal fees.

"The notice to appeal has been filed. We feel we can explain our side far better at the appeals court. At this stage, I cannot disclose our strategy until the case file has been published," Tshwete said.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Allianc (DA) has told News24 it would write to president Jacob Zuma requesting he remove Oliphant from her position as minister following this decision.

Read more on:    department of labour  |  mildred oliphant  |  johannesburg  |  politics

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