Par­ties chal­lenge Molefe’s mo­tives

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - TEBOGO MONAMA

BRIAN MOLEFE was yes­ter­day ac­cused of try­ing to de­lay court pro­ceed­ings in the Labour Court when he ap­plied for ar­bi­tra­tion.

Molefe, who was in the high court in Pre­to­ria for his ur­gent ap­peal to chal­lenge his dis­missal as Eskom chief ex­ec­u­tive, asked that his case be re­ferred for ar­bi­tra­tion or for trial.

Molefe’s le­gal coun­sel, Ad­vo­cate Noel Graves, said Judge Christina Prinsloo should stay the case be­cause the high court still had to de­cide on the ver­sion of events re­gard­ing his de­par­ture from Eskom.

But the DA and EFF, which are chal­leng­ing his re­turn to the state-owned en­tity, would have none of it.

Coun­sel for the EFF, Ad­vo­cate Them­beka Ngcukaitobi, ques­tioned Molefe’s mo­tives, say­ing he had ap­proached the Labour Court on an ur­gent ap­peal, but was now ask­ing for a post­pone­ment.

“There is no ba­sis for the case to be re­ferred for a trial. What Mr Molefe wants is a post­pone­ment. He ap­plied for an ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion, and now be­cause his mat­ter is not ur­gent, he wants a post­pone­ment.”

Ngcukaitobi said Molefe ask­ing for a re­fer­ral from the court for ar­bi­tra­tion was “abuse”.

The DA was no kinder. The party’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Paul Kennedy, asked that Molefe’s case be struck off the roll.

Kennedy said that if Molefe wanted the mat­ter to go for ar­bi­tra­tion, he should with­draw his Labour Court ap­pli­ca­tion. “Mr Molefe does not need a court or­der to go for ar­bi­tra­tion. He should go by him­self. Why should this court be com­pelled to make a rul­ing on ar­bi­tra­tion?” Kennedy asked.

Judge Prinsloo re­served judg­ment.

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