Klusener heads to CCMA, ‘not major’ say Dolphins

2016-04-13 09:58
Former Dolphins coach Lance Klusener.

Former Dolphins coach Lance Klusener. (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - Although the cricket season is officially over, there seems to be some interesting action within the corridors of Kingsmead, especially relating to former Dolphins coach Lance Klusener, who did not have his contract renewed and departed from the fran

At the time, Dolphins CEO Pete de Wet addressed media and indicated it was purely a business decision and “these things have to be done in the professional world”.

Klusener himself, while admitting surprise and disappointment, accepted of the decision which, he said, was the right of the board to make, and he appeared set to move on. He spoke of the possibility of looking overseas and joked that he would need to spend more time fishing — his favourite pastime — to think matters through.

And that was where matters were left. The Dolphins completed the season under caretaker coaches Roger Telemachus and Yashin Ebrahim and a future announcement regarding the new coach is expected in the weeks ahead.

That was until yesterday when De Wet received an e-mail from the CCMA to say that Klusener had taken his case to them and a hearing was imminent.

Having spoken to the head of HR at Kingsmead, De Wet confirmed that the franchise was aware Klusener was taking his case to the CCMA and yesterday’s communication was notification of the case being lodged.

“Obviously we as a union do not have to be at the CCMA when a case is lodged and I can confirm an e-mail dated 12 April that a case has been opened,” said De Wet.

While a complaint has been forthcoming from Klusener, De Wet was unclear as to what charge as such has been laid.

While talking to The Witness, De Wet was looking through the e-mail but he was unable to find a clear indication of what the accusation was.

“It’s not very clear but I can assume it is one of two matters — either unfair dismissal or failure to renew contract,” he said.

“We are under no obligation to renew a contract and with all due respect, I do not see this as a major issue.

“It seems the norm for disgruntled staff in any business environment to head for the CCMA when the odds are against them and rest assured, we will be acting on this, attending hearings and beyond, to sort the matter out once and for all.”

Attempts to contact Klusener proved futile. While his phone rang, it eventually went to voicemail where the caller was informed that the mailbox was full and no messages could be left or recorded.

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