DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROPERTY ATTACHED BY A SHERIFF ON INSTRUCTIONS OF NUPSAW
Advocate H.M. Lebeloane; former personal assistant to Gauteng MEC for Health; Gwen Ramakgoba, who was found guilty and dismissed in 2006 on charges of gross negligence and wrongful use of States property, won her case against the department in 2010. Leboloane a staunch member of the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW), was represented by the union.
The decisive issue of the matter was whether Adv. Lebeloane at directors level was entitled to the housing allowance, in this instance the Statehouse accommodation, and the answer is yes. In March 2002, she occupied the house in Krugersdorp which was 130km from work but the only accommodation available at that time. She then relocated to Ridgeway; another Statehouse which was available for occupation. In both locations, she had, in fact, authority and permission to the occupation. The department was reluctant to provide her with a lease agreement despite several enquries. She had also on numerous occasions requested the department to provide her with market-related value for the rent, and that was to no avail.
After being found guilty, the dismissal was confirmed by the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council (PHSDSBC). NUPSAW then applied to the Labour Court for a review, where it was held that the dismissal was substantively unfair. On 06 May 2010, the honourable judge; Justice Pillay ordered that the employer pay the applicants costs and the applicant remuneration as if she were reinstated on 01 February 2006 through 30 June 2009, the judgment amounted to R2,718,232.12.
The department disregarded the order of the court and judgment was therefore not honoured. NUPSAW applied to the court for a writ of execution, which was granted, then instructed the sheriff to attach. The sheriff managed to attach amongst other things belonging to the department:
4000 – computers
300 – desks
6000 – office chairs
30 – copiers
500 – printers
which all amounts to R2.8 – million
NUPSAW’s general secretary; Success Mataitsane said: “we will instruct the sheriff to sell the attached items on auction on October 3rd should the department fail to satisfy the judgments order”.
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NUPSAW 814 Church Str. Eastwood 0083