Andile Ngcaba. Picture: ROBERT BOTHA
Andile Ngcaba. Picture: ROBERT BOTHA

Businessman Andile Ngcaba said on Wednesday he will escalate his case against his former employer, Dimension Data, over discrimination and unfair remuneration practices to the labour court. This comes after the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) dismissed his complaint.

In August Ngcaba took the technology group, where he was chairman of Dimension Data Africa and Middle East for more than 10 years, to the CCMA saying he was excluded from a long-term incentive scheme that benefited his white colleagues, including juniors.

The benefits of the scheme, which were disclosed as part of the new Companies Act requirements, were implemented at a Dimension Data group level.

Ngcaba said on Wednesday the CCMA matter was about "condonation and not arbitration".

According to Dimension Data the CCMA found the 15-month delay in referring the alleged unfair labour practice to the CCMA was "wanting and not reasonable at all".

The commissioner also found that Ngcaba’s prospects of success were slim, said the company.

Dimension Data said it was "delighted’ with the CCMA ruling to dismiss Ngcaba’s claim.

Ngcaba joined Dimension Data in April 2004 as executive chairman of the group’s Africa and Middle East businesses after his company, Convergence Partners, led a consortium that bought a 25% stake in the business. He stepped down from his position in July after Convergence Partners sold its shares back to the group.

At the time of his complaint, Ngcaba said he also planned to approach the authorities in the UK and Japan, where Dimension Data’s owner, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, is based.

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