The EFF in the North West has been dealt a blow after it was ordered to pay a former junior staff member 11 months salary for unfair dismissal.
The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) this week found that Maggie Klaas’ dismissal was procedurally and substantively unfair.
Klaas, who was employed as an administrator by the party and was based at the provincial legislature in Mmabatho, has won the first round in her battles with the EFF.
The EFF has been ordered to pay her 11 months salary totalling R102,300 before the end of the month.
In her testimony at the CCMA, Klaas said she was dismissed by the party for allegedly “failing to greet her line manager, party’s chief whip Bungus Ntsangani”.
She was also dismissed for allegedly “failing to take orders to be transferred from the party’s legislature office to the provincial office”.
CCMA commissioner Lenkwasi Makama ordered that given the reasons given by the party to dismiss Klaas and the length of service served as their employee, she must be compensated.
“I find that the applicant is entitled to a relief of compensation. I have taken into consideration the circumstances and manner in which the applicant was dismissed,” Makama said.
Klaas also accused Ntsangani of verbal abuse and physical assault. She claimed that in November 2017, Ntsangani assaulted her and threatened to cut off her clitoris.