Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Limited v Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration and Others

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date
CCT 228/14 Labour Court, 9 Jul. 2014 18 Aug. 2015

By Duncan Wild on 5 July 2015

The issues for determination in this case have been defined by the Court in directions issued on 18 February 2015, as follows:

  1. whether an order for reinstatement of an employee is competent in circumstances where such employee resigned prior to the grant of such order;
  2. whether the dismissal of a review application by the Labour Court, on the basis that the record of the arbitration proceedings is incomplete, is a denial of the applicant’s right to just administrative justice;
  3. who bears the onus or obligation to produce a proper and complete record of proceedings in anticipation of the adjudication of review proceedings; and
  4. what the consequences in review proceedings are when the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) or the parties to the dispute are unable to produce a proper and complete record of the proceedings.

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City Power (Pty) Ltd v Grinpal Energy Management Services (Pty) Ltd and Others

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date
CCT 133/14 Labour Court, 31 Aug. 2012
Labour Appeal Court, 29 May 2014
18 Nov. 2014

By Duncan Wild on 3 November 2014

This case involves the consideration of when the cancellation of a contract under which certain services are outsourced may be considered a transfer of business from the outsourcee to the outsourcer, requiring the outsourcer to take over the employment contracts of the employees of the outsourcer under section 197 of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (“LRA“.) Continue reading

Daluzolo Sali v National Commissioner of the South African Police Services and Others

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date Judgment Date Majority Author  Vote
CCT 143/13  Labour Court, Port Elizabeth, 21 May 2013 10 Mar. 2014 19 Jun. 2014 Cameron J  10-1

By Duncan Wild on 28 September 2014

The case concerns whether the age requirement in the recruitment polices of the South African Police Service (“SAPS“), unfairly discriminate of the basis of age.

The Constitutional Court denied the applicant leave to appeal on the basis that he had only raised a challenge to constitutionality of  the SAPS recruitment age bar on appeal, which is not acceptable. In addition, the Commissioner of the SAPS had raised the age bar from 30 years, which is set in the application regulations, to 40, and if the Court were to set aside the decision to raise the age limit to 40 years, this would leave the applicant in worse position, by leaving the 30 year age limit in place. The the Constitutional Court held would not be in the interests of justice. Continue reading

Powertech Transformers DPM v NUMSA obo Jongikhaya Chris Sinuko and Others

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date
CCT 186/13 Labour Court, 1 February 2012;
Labour Appeal Court, 2 December 2013
12 May. 2014

By Sarah McGibbon on 1 May 2014

This case is an appeal against the judgment of Coppin AJA in the Labour Appeal Court (“LAC“).  The primary questions to be considered by the Constitutional Court are (i) whether the LAC has the power to decide grounds of review that were not fully canvassed by the Labour Court; (ii) whether the arbitrator should have found that he did not have the jurisdiction to arbitrate the dispute; and (iii) whether the decision of the LAC to confirm the arbitrator’s award was correct. Continue reading

National Union of Public Service & Allied Workers Union (NUPSAWU) obo Mani and Others v National Lotteries Board

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date Judgment Date Majority Author  Vote
CCT 75/13  Labour Court Johannesburg, 3 February 2011
Supreme Court of Appeal, 24 May 2013
19 Nov. 2013 10 Apr. 2014  Zondo J  6-3

By Greg Palmer and Duncan Wild on 12 April 2014

This case concerns an appeal by the National Union of Public Service & Allied Workers Union (“NUPSAWU“) against the decision of the Labour Court in terms of which the dismissal of ten employees of the National Lotteries Board (“NLB“) was found to be procedurally and substantively fair. Reinstatement of the employees was sought by NUPSAWU.  The Constitutional Court, in a majority decision by Zondo J, overturned the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal and ordered that the employees be re-instated

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Khumalo and Another v MEC for Education, Kwazulu-Natal

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date Judgment Date Majority Author  Vote
CCT 10/13 Labour Court, Durban, 6 Jul. 2010
Labour Appeal Court, 29 Aug. 2012
8 Aug. 2013 18 Dec. 2013  Skweyiya J  8-2

By Duncan Wild on 21 December 2013

The case involves whether the promotions of two persons within the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Education (“the Department”) should be set aside as unlawful.

Mr. Khumalo, the first appellant, applied for and was promoted to the position of Chief Personnel Officer in the Department in April 2004.  Mr. Ritchie, the second appellant in this matter, had also applied for the post but was not shortlisted. He challenged the failure to shortlist him before the General Public Servants Sectoral Bargaining Council on the basis he should have been shortlisted as he met all the requirements for the post.  As a result of this process, Mr. Ritchie and the Department entered into a settlement agreement whereby Mr. Ritchie was granted a protected promotion to the post to which Mr. Khumalo had already been promoted, and Mr. Khumalo was allowed to retain his promotion.

The Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court had set aside both promotions, but the Constitutional Court, in a majority judgment written by Justice Skweyiya, ordered that both promotion be upheld. Justice Zondo, concurred in by Justice Jafta, wrote a minority judgment in which he agreed with the result of the majority but for different reasons.  Continue reading

Grootboom v National Prosecuting Authority & Another

Case No. Lower Court Judgments Hearing Date Judgment Date Majority Author  Vote
 CCT 08/13 Labour Court, 18 Dec. 2009Labour Appeal Court, 21 Sep. 2012 23 May. 2013 21 Oct. 2013 Bosielo AJ Unanimous

By Michael Dafel and Duncan Wild on 23 October 2013.

This matter stems from a decision by the NPA to invoke section 17(5)(a)(i) of the Public Service Act 103 of 1994 (Act) to discharge the employment services of Mr Grootboom.  In the Constitutional Court, Mr Grootboom seeks an order for that decision to be set aside.

The Constitutional Court, in a judgment authored by Bosielo AJ, in which Moseneke DCJ, Froneman J, Jafta J, Khampepe, J, Mhlantla AJ, Nkabinde J and Skweyiya J concurred) found that the decison to to discharge the services of Mr Grootboom should be set aside, as the requirements of section 17(5)(a)(i) had not been met.  In addition, the Majority found that the NPA’s late filing of answering affidavits and written submissions could not be condoned as there was no proper explanation for the delay.

Justice Zondo wrote an opinion in which he agreed with the order granted by Bosielo AJ, but thought that the late filing of affidavits and written submissions to the court should be condoned.  Continue reading