Consumer commissioner wins court case

Commissioner Madomodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi is pleased after she won a court case against the DTI.

National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi on Friday said the Labour Court ruled in her favour to prevent the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) from replacing her.

She approached the court after she saw her post advertised in a Sunday newspaper.

Mohlala-Mulaudzi, whose contract comes to an end in August, claimed she was unaware that her job was up for grabs.

The DTI denied the allegation.

The consumer commissioner welcomed the court's decision.

"The judge ordered that the recruitment process that has been commenced by the DTI needs to be suspended. The judge also ordered that the letter of termination be withdrawn."

On the weekend, a storm erupted when Mohlala-Mulaudzi claimed she was fired, without notice, when her position was advertised in papers.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said that was simply not true.

Davies told a media briefing in Parliament that he did not know the commissioner when she was appointed in 2010.

The department agreed to give her the position following an out of court settlement with the Communications Department.

She had been fired as director-general by former Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

Davies said Mohlala-Mulaudzi could have reapplied for the job.

The minister filed his responding affidavit in the Labour Court on Monday.