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labourcourtsBL Premium reports that labour federation Cosatu has welcomed a ruling by the Labour Court which has found the prohibition on all municipal employees from holding political office to be unconstitutional.

The ruling came after the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) challenged the constitutional validity of the Municipal Systems Amendment Act, which introduced a blanket ban on all municipal employees from holding office at any level in a political party. It argued that the Act, signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2022, was in contravention of clauses in the bill of rights, which stated that every citizen was free to make political choices, including the right to participate in the activities of, or recruit members for, a political party, and to campaign for a political party or cause. In a statement on Friday, Cosatu said: “The labour court has found the prohibition of all municipal employees from holding office in a political party to be unconstitutional and has awarded costs against government. This judgment is backdated to November 2022. Instructions by municipalities to employees to resign from any political office-bearer positions they may hold or be dismissed, have been declared invalid.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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