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Feb 18 2013 10:05PM
 
Language board ignores court order, furniture seized
IMPASSE: Pan South African Language Board acting CEO Mxolisi Zwane. Picture: Gallo Images
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Siyabonga Mkhwanazi

The sheriff of the court has attached furniture worth close to R100000 from the Pan South African Language Board (Pansalb) for refusing to obey a court order to pay its axed senior employee his R1.7m salary and to give him his job back.

Documents in possession of The New Age show the sheriff of the court took various items of furniture from the Pretoria offices of the language body last week. Pansalb’s former director of legal services, Zixolisile Feni said the body had been ignoring court orders that he be given his job and be paid his salary.

He said he took the body to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to contest his dismissal and it ruled in his favour.

However, Pansalb refused to execute the CCMA order and Feni took the matter to court and a judgment came out in his favour.

Last week the sheriff of the court moved on the Pretoria offices of Pansalb to attach furniture, including two conference tables worth R10000, 41 desks worth R24600, 18 couches valued at R9000, 110 chairs worth R16500, wooden cabinet doors amounting to R8400, five filing cabinets worth R5000, a wooden cabinet worth R2000 and wooden cabinet drawers valued at R3600.

The other items seized included small tables, coffee tables, a coffee machine, water coolers and an air conditioner worth thousands of rands.

Feni said following the CCMA decision that he be given his job back he had written to Pansalb’s acting CEO, Mxolisi Zwane, informing him that he would be reporting back for duty in November last year.

However, when Feni showed up at work Zwane turned him away.

Feni has since referred the matter to the Labour Court to resolve the impasse.

He accused Zwane of being in contempt of court for refusing to carry out the court order.

When contacted, Zwane said the matter was in the hands of the court and he would not be able to comment.

“The matter is sub judice. We are leaving it to the lawyers. The matter is now between the lawyers,” he said, adding there were a number of cases against Pansalb and Feni.

“We will issue a statement in due course once we are advised by the lawyers,” he said.

Last week the portfolio committee on arts and culture, chaired by ANC MP Thandile Sunduza, blasted Pansalb for refusing to reinstate Feni.

The committee said that Pansalb’s stance not to reinstate Feni undermined the authority of Parliament and the Constitution of the country.

siyabongam@thenewage.co.za

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