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FortHareSowetanLive reports that the president of the National Tertiary Education Union, who claimed he was kidnapped and tortured by police a year ago, is challenging his dismissal from the University of Fort Hare (UFH).

Xolani Tom was fired in December by the institution after he was found guilty on several charges, including harassment after he allegedly sent WhatsApp texts to the staffer in January 2023 notifying her about death threats that he later said were a joke. Tom confirmed on Sunday that he was challenging his ‘unfair dismissal’ at the CCMA. “I am challenging it on substance and procedure. The chairperson who sat on the DC [Nthabiseng Makhoba] seemed to flout the procedure for the hearing. The chairperson is one of the people arrested for fraud and corruption and accused Number 3 [Paul Tladi] was my former line manager ... We knew there was something fishy in terms of the procedure,” Tom claimed. The arbitration is apparently set for July. Other disciplinary charges Tom faced included gross incompetence in that the person he hired to take part in the Presidential Youth Empowerment Internship programme for six months did not perform his duty and was seen around the office a few times. He was also charged with violating suspension for meeting the Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, in East London in his capacity as the president of the union. Linked to that charge was that he went overseas without informing his employer. Tom was found not guilty of failure to obey a reasonable instruction.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jeanette Chabalala at SowetanLive

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