EFF’s Bank Account Frozen: The Labour Court sitting in Johannesburg has ordered the freezing of EFF’s bank account.
This comes after the party failed to pay its former researcher Advocate Fenya Maabane, who was dismissed by EFF Limpopo secretary Jossey Buthane in 2015.
He was dismissed on allegations of absenteeism and failure to attend to official duties. But the researcher rejected the party’s allegations and subsequently dragged it to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), where he challenged the decision.
After several hearings, the CCMA ruled in Maabane’s favour and gave the left-wing party until February 2016 to pay the researcher a salary equivalent to seven months pay – which amounts to more than R400 000.
The Malema-led party, however, failed to do, which prompted Maaabane to approach the Labour Court.
The court also favoured Maabane and ordered the police to seize the EFF’s assets at its offices in Limpopo. But when a court sheriff arrived at the party’s offices in Polokwane, she found the value of assets was worth less than the stipulated amount – R405790.35.
Maabane’s lawyers then applied to the court, asking it to add the party’s assets at its head office assets in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
However, reports have it that when the court sheriff arrived at the EFF head offices, security personnel refused her from carrying out the court order.
Maabane’s lawyers then wrote to the Labour Court, applying for the freezing of the party’s bank account. This request was later granted.
The EFF had reportedly written to the CCMA asking it annul its earlier judgment against it, saying it was not aware of the CCMA award until March 10 when the order was enforced.
But the CCMA dismissed the party’s application last week, saying it was way out of time.
While the EFF maintains that Maabane was fired after a disciplinary hearing was instituted, Julius Malema, when contacted, denied having knowledge of the matter.
Buzzsouthafrica understands that the party has filed for condonation.