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ujSunday Independent reports that a former University of Johannesburg (UJ) lecturer who was dismissed in March 2020 has accused the institution’s legal representative of accessing her medical report without her consent.

This was indicated to the CCMA, where Lyness Matizirofa, is currently fighting her dismissal by the university. Matizirofa, who was a lecturer in the UJ statistics department, was fired for poor performance and gross dishonesty in February 2020. However, she maintains that these were trumped-up charges. Matizirofa, who originates from Zimbabwe, said she was unfairly dismissed based on xenophobia and the fact that she has a disability. She claimed that UJ and its legal representative, Eversheds and Sutherland (SA) Inc, plotted her dismissal through her medical report. This was allegedly after Nadia Foreman, a legal practitioner at Eversheds and Sutherland, and a UJ HR practitioner, colluded to share her medical report on 29 August 2019 without her consent. According to Matizirofa, this was after former vice-chancellor Professor Tshilidzi Marwala realised that it would be expensive to “reasonably accommodate” her because of her disability and plotted her dismissal. She had submitted a report of reasonable accommodation, but UJ allegedly failed to accommodate her disability at the Doornfontein campus after she complained about a lack of facilities at the John Orr Building. This was before she was dismissed as a lecturer. The email of Matizirofa’s report was shared with the building managers, HR and third parties including Foreman. On Monday, Matizirofa’s legal representative told the CCMA commissioner that this had violated Matizirofa’s human rights as the medical history was unlawfully accessed.

Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Manyane Manyane at Sunday Independent


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