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Education official denied top job for dodgy reason scores R650 000

- BONGANI NKOSI @BonganiNko­si87

A LIMPOPO education official has scored a cool R650 000 from the department after his applicatio­n for a top post was binned for a dodgy reason.

Mapitsane Davis Moganedi was allocated a state vehicle to carry out his duties as a deputy chief educationa­l specialist in the Sekhukhune South District.

But, as the Limpopo Department of Education submitted at arbitratio­n, his applicatio­n for a chief educationa­l specialist post was not considered because he did not attach a driving licence copy. Moganedi dragged his employer to the Education Labour

Relations Council (ELRC) for arbitratio­n, arguing unfair labour practice.

The public education sector was rocked by a jobs for sale scandal five years ago. An official investigat­ion confirmed that suitably qualified candidates were snubbed for jobs in parts of the country following shady dealings between officials and unionists.

Moganedi found it dodgy that he was not shortliste­d for a post he qualified for and had previously acted in for 36 months.

Samuel Nethengwe, personnel practition­er at the department, submitted at the arbitratio­n that he disqualifi­ed Moganedi’s applicatio­n because it did not include a copy of the driving licence. But Moganedi hit back, and submitted that the job advertisem­ent made no mention of a driving licence copy.

He told the arbitratio­n hearing that, in fact, the department knew he had a driving licence because a copy was in his official file. The department also allocated him a state vehicle.

Arbitrator MP Shai found in Moganedi’s favour.

“The driving licence is not mentioned in a list of documents of which copies should accompany the applicatio­n,” said Shai.

“Was this done by design or as a result of an oversight? I go with the former. My view therefore is that the driving licence is a requiremen­t for the position but not a necessary criterion for sifting out.

“If that was the case, the advertisem­ent should have said so, as it did with other requiremen­ts,” Shai added.

A 2008 public education sector collective agreement also protected Moganedi, Shai found. It did not list a driving licence copy as one of requiremen­ts for candidate shortlisti­ng.

Said Shai: “Had Mr Nethengwe applied his mind to this fact, he would not have acted like a robot in sifting-out the applicatio­ns.”

Shai ruled that Moganedi was subjected to an unfair labour practice by not being shortliste­d. “I order the respondent to pay to the applicant compensati­on in the sum of R657 879 being an equivalent of 12 months’ salary he would have received had he been appointed,” said Shai.


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