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MsunduziThe Witness reports that suspended Msunduzi manager Lulamile Mapholoba is heading to the High Court seeking an urgent interdict so as the return to work after the mayor told him to remain at home until there was an outcome in the disciplinary hearing against him.

Mapholoba had returned to work for a short period on Tuesday and Wednesday following a recent Durban Labour Court judgement, which found his suspension in February had been unlawful. However, on Tuesday he was informed of the council’s decision to suspend him again – on full pay. On Wednesday, Mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla explained that Mapholoba would remain suspended in accordance with a recent council resolution, which was informed by a report based on the outcomes of an independent investigator. The investigator apparently found that Mapholoba had allegedly committed several transgressions that compromised the municipality. At Wednesday’s press conference Thebolla said the Labour Court judgment had been noted, but the decision to suspend stood as the concerns about the initial suspension had been “fully ratified” by the council at its meeting on 2 May. Mapholoba said he would dispute the council’s resolution and indicated that he had not been given the report tabled at the council for his perusal. “I will not be returning [to work] until the high court clarifies this situation. I have instructed my attorneys to file an urgent interdict and the outcome will determine my next move with regards to returning to work,” he indicated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Chris Ndaliso at The Witness

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