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Siyabonga Gama loses court bid to overturn Transnet axing

The organisation fired Gama last month saying it needs a CEO that's trustworthy and that dismissing Gama is the first step in addressing major leadership challenges at Transnet.

A video screengrab of former Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama. Picture: YouTube

JOHANNESBURG – Former Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama has lost his Labour Court application against the state-owned enterprise.

The organisation fired Gama last month saying it needs a CEO that's trustworthy and that dismissing Gama is the first step in addressing major leadership challenges at Transnet.

Gama was axed on the basis that he failed to produce sufficient evidence on why he shouldn't be suspended, he's been linked to the controversial locomotives tender which saw companies associated with the Guptas scoring major kickbacks.

'GAMA FAILED TO PROVIDE CONVINCING CASE'

The Labour Court says Gama failed to provide a convincing case as to why he should not have been fired.

He approached the Labour Court arguing that Transnet went against a ruling that the dispute between him and the parastatal should go to arbitration.

But Transnet insisted that it acted within its mandate and the ruling did not address the board's decision to fire Gama.

The Labour Court has now ruled that Gama's reinstatement would not be appropriate in a circumstance where there has been a breakdown of trust.

Gama also argued that he would suffer irreparable harm if he was fired, but Transnet said Gama would be paid for the next six months.

The court ruled in Transnet’s favour, calling his case meritless and wholly misguided.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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