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CCMATimesLIVE reports that four employees of a Johannesburg company have lost their case to be reinstated after they were fired for accusing their boss of making racial comments against them.  

The employees were allegedly playing cards outside the company's premises when they were caught by the chief executive officer of O-Line, Mr Smart, who drove past the employees in his vehicle and reprimanded them for playing cards outside of the premises.  “The employees allege that Mr Smart swore at them, called them idiots and made a racial comment," said Jacques van Wyk of Werksmans Attorneys, which represented the company at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCCM).  A grievance form, completed on the advice of a National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) shop steward, alleged that the CEO had made a racist comment.  Two disciplinary hearings were held.  At the first hearing, the Numsa official indicated that he had 'forgot' to submit the grievance form and that it would be submitted that same day.  At the second hearing, the employees were charged with "deliberately supplying incorrect and/or falsified information regarding the CEO's statements to the employees".  They were then dismissed from the company.  Not satisfied with the results, the employees took their case to the CCMA and lost.

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