The labour court has ordered that the case of embattled Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama be referred to arbitration. Gama approached the court earlier this week on an urgent basis in a bid to stop the Transnet board from terminating his employment contract. This came after the state-owned enterprise (SOE) had given him 10 days, until October 15, to show cause why his contract should not be terminated following investigations that implicated him in misconduct and maladministration in the acquisition of R54bn worth of locomotives. On Friday, judge Graham Moshoana, ordered the stay of Gama’s application, pending the outcome of arbitration, as set out in his employment contract with Transnet. ‘‘An interdict cannot be issued, since the issue whether the applicant [Gama] has the right to a process is still to be determined through arbitration,’’ he said in his judgment. Moshoana said that had Gama referred the dispute with Transnet to arbitration and the company ‘‘sought to take the law into i...

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