Labour Dept can’t comment on Oliphant, Crouse ruling just yet

The department says it hasn't yet studied the judgment and that it can't comment until it has.

Former Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The Labour Department says it can't yet comment on Wednesday’s court ruling upholding an earlier decision that Minister Mildred Oliphant was wrong to try and remove Johan Crouse from the position of union registrar.

Oliphant tried to remove Crouse after he insisted on going ahead with the de-registration of the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) because it had failed to submit its financial records for a period of four years.

The department says it hasn't yet studied the judgment and that it can't comment until it has.

But in the ruling judges said Oliphant has not shown which law allows her to overturn Crouse's decision to apply to a court to de-register the union.

The union has been involved in a long-running dispute about the control of funds belonging to its members.

It's understood the amount of money involved runs into billions of rand.

(Edited by Neo Koza)