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sandf thumb medium90 89Pretoria News reports that it took a SA National Defence Force (SANDF) soldier six years and a battle all the way to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) to be reinstated in his job.  

He was dismissed after he had been (wrongfully) convicted of rape and sentenced to life imprisonment in July 2014.  Between his arrest, conviction and sentence, he still served as a member of the SANDF.  He was fired after sentencing.  Maswanganyi objected and said that he was appealing his conviction, but the SANDF refused to reverse its decision.  A year later he won his appeal, and it was found that he had been wrongly convicted and was released.  He thereupon requested to be reinstated, but the SANDF said he had to apply to get his old job back, which he did.  His application was refused.  Maswanganyi turned to the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, which ordered that the SANDF had to reinstate him.  The SANDF approached the Supreme Court of Appeal, which took the side of the SANDF and ruled that his dismissal had been fair.  But the ConCourt has now ruled in his favour and has ordered the SANDF to reinstate him, backdated to 2014.  According to the judges, Maswanganyi no longer holds a criminal record and he must be treated by the SANDF as if he is still employed by it.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Zelda Venter at Pretoria News

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