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NCC to replace head next week

National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi will be replaced next week.

National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi only has a week left in office before she is replaced by an acting commissioner.

Mohlala-Mulaudzi has gone to the Johannesburg Labour Court three times in an attempt to keep her job.

But when her final legal bid failed last week, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies sent her a letter to inform her she would not be hired for the position automatically.

The minister said he wanted an open and competitive hiring process.

"The position will be advertised and there will be people who will compete for that position," said department spokesperson Sidwell Medupe.

"Finally, we will have a commissioner who will be appointed to replace commissioner Mamodupi," the DTI spokesperson added.

But Medupe said before a new commissioner is hired, Davies would officially appoint the acting commissioner on 4 September.

Mohlala-Mulaudzi has been criticised by the National Consumer Tribunal (NCT) for her handling of several high profile cases, claiming procedures were not followed.

The tribunal accused her of issuing notices of compliance in the government gazette, a task Davies is responsible for.