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It is troubling that the Department of Education dragged an "excellent maths teacher" through rigorous litigation to keep him out of his job‚ after it unfairly fired him. This was according to the Labour Court in Johannesburg‚ in its dismissal of a review application by the department seeking to have teacher Peter Motloung’s reinstatement by the Commission for Conciliation‚ Arbitration and Mediation (CCMA) set aside. Motloung had a clean record while working at Falesizwe Secondary School in Frankfort‚ in the Free State, since 1992‚ but was fired in 2013 for earning extra money as a municipal councillor. He was the acting principal of the school at the time of his dismissal. The department charged Motloung with working as a councillor at the Mafube Local Municipality and earning extra income without its permission. In disciplinary proceedings‚ Motloung provided his employer with a paper trail of evidence showing that he sought departmental approval‚ but had not received a response. D...

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