With less than a month to go before a new Armscor chairman is appointed, it has come to light that the dismissal of two senior personnel has been overturned by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
Both Koos Joubert and Braam van der Spuy were initially suspended and then dismissed following internal disciplinary hearings pertaining to allegations including fraud.
This week CCMA Commissioner Willem Koekemoer announced Joubert has to be reinstated as an Armscor employee no later than September 18. He also ruled the State’s security acquisition agency has to pay Joubert the full salary due to him for the nine months since his dismissal.
Joubert, an Armscor employee since 1981 and at the time of his dismissal senior manager: landward systems, was apparently dismissed because of irregularities in his last security clearance application. In support of his application for reinstatement he said no proper disciplinary process was followed and that two other Armscor staffers, whose security clearances were also not renewed, did not suffer the same fate as him.
Van der Spuy is another senior Armscor staffer who was dismissed during the time retired lieutenant general “Mojo” Motau was chairman of the board. He also took his grievance to the CCMA and the former head of telecommunications has since been reinstated. He has entered into a confidentiality agreement with Armscor and will not divulge any details of the charges that saw him have to leave or the conditions of his new employment contract.
A third staff member Kgathatso Tlhakudi, who was a senior manager in the Armscor aircraft division, was also dismissed following an internal disciplinary hearing. Informed sources have told defenceWeb he reached “an agreement” with management and resigned.
The appeals of an Armscor senior manager and a project manager against what they perceive as unfair dismissal are still pending hearings at the CCMA.
Motau and his deputy, Refiloe Mokoena, both had their positions at Armscor terminated by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula last month.