Consumer commissioner pleads for her job

2012-08-15 16:18

Pretoria - Embattled national consumer commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi urged Trade Minister Rob Davies on Wednesday to extend her employment contract.

"I believe I have worked very hard. I have excelled," she told the National Press Club in Pretoria.

"I have gone beyond my call of duty. In fact, myself and the (consumer commission) team have made sure consumers are better off."

She said she wanted her contract, which expires on September 3, to be renewed for a further five year term.

"I love my job and would love to continue in my position as consumer commissioner. I believe that for any institution to be effective, you need to give it between three to five years."

The commissioner said approaching courts over the contractual debacle with the trade and industry department was a last resort, following failed bids to engage Davies.

"The court process has really been my last port of call. I have attempted on many occasions to (set up) meetings, to get an audience to resolve this matter, but it is also important for me to protect my rights."

In June, the Johannesburg Labour Court dismissed Mohlala-Mulaudzi’s application to interdict Davies from terminating her contract.

Her application was dismissed with costs.

In dismissing the application, presiding judge HS Cele said Davies had complied with the government's labour procedure and it was inappropriate for Mohlala-Mulaudzi to complain before a new candidate had been appointed.

The commissioner had approached the court after Davies sent her a letter on May 21, notifying her of his intention not to renew her contract when it expires in September.

Following the stifled court bid, Mohlala-Mulaudzi said she was negotiating the way forward with her legal team.

"I am still in discussion with my legal team as to how we are going to take the matter forward. Very soon we will have a clear picture as to where we will be taking the matter," she said.

On Thursday, Mohlala-Mulaudzi brought consumers to the media briefing who she said had been assisted by the consumer commission.

Mohlala-Mulaudzi first took Davies' department to court in May when her position was advertised, stating her employment agreement was violated as she was not consulted before the advertisement was placed.

The Labour Court ruled on May 18 that Mohlala-Mulaudzi's contract would indeed end in September.


  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-15 17:09

    Get rid of her now Mr Davies look like she is big trouble!

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-15 17:19

    She is reportedly one of those women who arrives at a new worplace and start purging others in order to make way for her own hand~picked people. I have little sympathy for her plight

  • meshack.letswalo - 2012-08-15 17:32

    Good luck on your next career move. Bet you, you'll never work in the government sector again. No minister will take a chance with you Mamohlala.

      siphosethu.sibisi - 2012-08-30 10:24

      I agree the issue of trust between a minister and that appointee is crucial and on this matter this a fixed contract appointment due to end sometime. Why take someone to court over that ?

  • philip.buys.1 - 2012-08-15 17:53

    Go and sit with those mineworkers on that anthill in Northwest.

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-08-15 17:53

    The fact that you and your bosses take each other to court means the relationship has broken down. Remember you got that job not because you were the best man for the job, but as a settlement, and governement still did not like you. Now that your contract has expired why should they keep you? Performance was never the issue here it was a settlement so that you can work out the rest of your previous contract as DG Communication. You pick fights with your bosses, I would fire you too!!

  • tommo.too - 2012-08-16 00:38

    Anyone pleading for their job is a very bad sign. She must go.

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