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Mohlala-Mulaudzi loses third application

Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi claims the Trade and Industry minister has breached her contract.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

JOHANNESBURG - National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi lost her labour court battle against Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Monday.

Mohlala-Mulaudzi took the minister to court claiming he breached her contract with the department, when the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) advertised her position in a Sunday newspaper, without notifying her that the position was up for grabs.

Her contract ends in September.

An order was handed down in the labour court on Monday morning, dismissing Mohlala-Mulaudzi's application, which was her third urgent application this year.

She was hoping an order would declare the minister had in fact breached her contract.

Earlier this year, the minister sent her a letter saying that her contract will not automatically be renewed.

When she asked him to withdraw the letter, the minister refused and went ahead to advertise the position.

In her most recent application, the commissioner claimed Davies had breached her contract and was biased towards her.

She wants anyone but him to reconsider renewing her contract.

Mohlala-Mulaudzi said the minister has yet to give her a final decision.

"We are then confused with the judgment which accepts that the minister's decision is overdue but then by the same token my application has been dismissed."

(Eidted by Clare Matthes)

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