Data provided by McGregor BFA
All data is delayed
Loading...
See More

High court upholds union deregistration

Mar 27 2011 15:19 Sapa

Related Articles

Union challenges Tshwane dismissals

Union lauds decrease in job losses

Zuma forgot the trains: Union

Union warns on fuel price hike

Last union mulls freight wage deal

 
Johannesburg - The deregistration of the SA Security Forces Union (Sasfu) as a trade union by the defence department was upheld by the High Court in Pretoria, the department said on Sunday.

The court ruled on Friday that the registrar of military trade unions, Johannes Crous, was correct in deregistering Sasfu as it had not provided relevant documentation, spokesman Ndivhuwo Mabaya said in a statement.

The ruling followed an urgent application brought by the union last Tuesday to stop the deregistration.

Mabaya said Crous wrote to both Sasfu and the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) requesting compulsory documentation they had failed to submit.

"Sasfu was unable to provide any of the information and was automatically deregistered... Sandu submitted some information and requested an extension of the deadline," he said.

The department had no formal relationship with the unions as they both fell under the 15 000-member threshold required for the military bargaining council.

Mabaya said they had stopped all Sasfu membership deductions from the payroll following the court's ruling.

Sasfu president Bhekinkosi Mvovo was however not aware deductions had been stopped, saying an urgent application to the high court would have to be made if it was true.

"The deregistration goes against regulations. There is no regulation saying that a trade union must be registered in order to receive payment from members," Mvovo told Sapa.

"We are only aware of the high court's decision," he said.

Mvovo said he complied with an e-mail request from Crous on March 14, sending meeting minutes and names of office bearers to the registrar.

"This was the first time I had heard from him. On March 15, we get an e-mail from him saying he has had no response from our general secretary Booysen Lengau regarding letters he sent."

Mvovo said the letters, sent in May and July last year, as well as January this year, were sent to the wrong physical address.

The last letter stated that if no information was provided, the registrar would proceed with deregistration.

"I phoned the registrar on March 18, saying I was very surprised by the correspondence. That's when he told me it's too late.

"This is a political matter which has been given to an administrator. I do believe the minister [Lindiwe Sisulu] is directly linked to all of this."

Sasfu would decide on Wednesday whether to challenge the high court's ruling.

The union's recognised membership stands at 7 200 members. Sandu has 11 000 members.
sandu  |  sasfu  |  defence department
NEXT ON FIN24X

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Company Snapshot

We're Talking About: Small Business

Standard Bank is looking for 12 entrepreneurs to participate in a 10-part TV series. They could win a R1m investment into their dream.
 
 

Fire white civil servants in W Cape - Cosatu

If the ANC wins the Western Cape in the 7 May general election, Cosatu will ask it to fire more than half the white senior civil servants.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...
Loading...