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education blackboard thumb medium80 92Cape Times reports that a now former teacher at the Laudium Secondary School in Pretoria, who claimed he was dismissed after nearly two decades at the school because of his pro-Israel sentiments, turned to the Labour Court in Johannesburg as he felt that he was given the boot unfairly.

But the school’s governing body claimed this was not the reason for his dismissal and said his term of employment simply came to an end. The applicant referred a dismissal dispute to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), in which he claimed that he had been dismissed unfairly because he had a reasonable expectation of renewal of his contract. He also alleged that his dismissal was automatically unfair because the reason for his dismissal, according to him, was his religious and political beliefs. The CCMA, however, failed to enrol the dispute for conciliation and issued no certificate of the outcome of conciliation. The applicant then referred a dispute to the Labour Court in which he alleged that he was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against. He said that he had a reasonable expectation that his contract would be renewed because he was a good teacher and he had been employed for more than two decades on a fixed-term basis. But, before his grievances could have been determined by the court, the governing body raised preliminary issues such as challenging the court’s jurisdiction. The judge, however, overturned the bulk of the special pleas raised by the governing body and ruled that the matter should go on trial before the Labour Court, so that the applicant could be given the opportunity to give evidence and the court could determine whether his dismissal had been unfair or not.

  • Read the full original of the detailed report in the above regard by Zelda Venter at Cape Times

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