Sacked Labour Dept registrar fights dismissal in court

Johan Crouse was removed from his post 10 days ago after being found guilty of gross insubordination.

FILE. Johan Crouse says in the 20 he's occupied that position he’s never had his independence questioned, despite placing another 81 unions into administration. Picture:stock.xchng

JOHANNESBURG - Ousted labour relations registrar Johan Crouse is expected to tell the Labour Court this morning that Minister Mildred Oliphant only removed him from his position because she was trying to stop him from placing the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) into administration.

He's also said that in the 20 he's occupied that position he's never had his independence questioned, despite placing another 81 unions into administration.

Oliphant removed Crouse from his post 10 days ago, claiming he was guilty of gross insubordination.

In his affidavit Crouse said in the 20 years he's occupied that post he's never been asked to brief a minister and that he doesn't know what makes the Ceppwawu matter any different.

He also said Oliphant doesn't have the legal power to stop his decision to apply for this union to be placed into administration and that in fact his action was supported by most of the union's own regions.

Crouse also said that the State Attorney Office was forced to withdraw from the Ceppwawu case in a bid to frustrate his application.

In its response the Labour Department has said this case is not urgent as an acting registrar has been appointed who can handle the Ceppwawu matter.