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Consumer head wins court bid - report

May 20 2012 11:14 Sapa

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Johannesburg - The department of trade and industry must withdraw a letter ending the contract of National Consumer Commission (NCC) head Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi, the Labour Court ruled on Friday.

Mohlala-Mulaudzi complained to the court that the department had acted unfairly by advertising her post before giving her the opportunity to renew her contract, Business Day Online reported.

"Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies was ordered to suspend recruitment and withdraw the letter terminating my contract," Mohlala-Mulaudzi was quoted as saying.

The minister was ordered to consult her about the matter, and then give her the chance to respond.

Judge Robert le Grange ruled that Mohlala-Mulaudzi had been serving the remainder of her two-year contract with the department of communications.

Mohlala-Mulaudzi was appointed NCC head in 2010, following an out-of-court settlement with the communications department, after her removal as department director general by former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

The court reportedly found she had the option of renewing her contract for five years, depending on the outcome of the consultation between her and the minister.

Business Day reported that Mohlala-Mulaudzi's legal representative, Graham Mushoana, said the department had ten days to comply with the court order, failing which his client would have to file for contempt.

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