The Transnet board says it is not surprised that Siyabonga Gama reported for work at the rail company on Monday despite being served with an employment termination letter on Sunday.
In August, Gama was ordered by the board to make a submission on why he should not be suspended after he was linked to a controversial locomotives tender, which saw Gupta-linked companies score a kickback of more than R5 billion.
The axed group CEO will be challenging the decision. The Labour Court last week ruled that the dispute between him and Transnet be taken to arbitration.
Transent board member Professor Edward Kieswetter says the board acted within its mandate by firing Gama.
We were not surprised that Mr Gama reported for duty today since today would have been his final day in terms of the termination letter.— Professor Edward Kieswetter, Transent board member
His application to the labour court on the 16th does not detract from the board's authority in terms of the employment contract. The essence of his aplication was to seek an interdict against the board and therefore this interdict was not ordered by the court if you go through the judgement. In fact the judge specifically stated that Mr Gama has no right not to be dismissed.— Professor Edward Kieswetter, Transent board member
Kieswetter says Gama made no representation on why he should not be suspended.
As of today Mr Gama is no longer an employee of Transnet and therefore Transnet is not responsible should he choose to take the matter to court or arbitration, to commit to any of those costs. The issue of cost will obviously be settled in a consequent finding by a court.— Professor Edward Kieswetter, Transent board member
Our position is Mr Gama's employment is terminated today and therefore any action he takes beyond today is taken in his personal capacity.— Professor Edward Kieswetter, Transent board member
Click on the link below to listen to the full response....