concourtTimesLive reports that a former SA Revenue Services (SARS) employee‚ fired in 2007 by then commissioner Pravin Gordhan for using racist and derogatory language‚ has had the reversal of his dismissal overturned by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).  

In a judgment on Tuesday‚ Jacobus Kruger was labelled a racist for using the k-word at work in August 2007.  In a disciplinary hearing Kruger pleaded guilty and was given a final written warning and placed on suspension without pay.  But in October 2007 Gordhan reversed this sanction and sacked him.  Further court action followed with rulings in Kruger’s favour.  The ConCourt upheld the SARS appeal‚ saying the seriousness of Kruger's racist remarks could not be overlooked by the courts in a country still fighting the scourge of racism.  It ordered that Kruger's reinstatement be set aside‚ but ordered SARS to pay Kruger six months’ compensation because the organisation had mishandled the dismissal.


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