Estate distances itself from HIV battle

The Mooikloof Owners Association distanced itself from a court battle that involved the developer of the estate's dismissal of an employee for having the HIV virus, saying they were not involved with the equestrian centre where he had worked.

The Mooikloof Equestrian Centre in Pretoria, which fired award winning horse-riding instructor and stable manager Gary Allpass in 2008, was a privately owned entity and managed independently from the Mooikloof Owners Association or its members, the body said in a statement.

In handing down judgment it was found that Allpass was unfairly dismissed 10 days after he was hired. Judge Urmila Bhoola said the centre was owned and managed by the developer of the Mooikloof Estate, i.e. the Malan family.

She said the centre stabled horses owned by both the developer and private clients.

Asked for more details on the separation of the centre and the association, one of the body's directors, Ian Wilcocks asked for a formal media request by email.

A response will be given after consultation with members of the association's board.

The association's statement comes after the Johannesburg Labour Court ruled that Allpass, who has lived with the virus for 18 years, was unfairly dismissed by his then employer, the Mooikloof Equestrian Centre, which was owned by the estate.

The association said it sent the statement to clarify the matter because it was concerned about its reputation.

(Sapa, February 2011)

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