Views : 'Malema should be fired'

If normal legal protocol were followed ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema would be fired for bringing the good name of his organisation into disrepute, a labour law expert said on Monday.

Tony Healy, of Tony Healy and Associates, said Malema's "ill-mannered" expulsion of a BBC journalist from an ANC Youth League press conference last week was perpetrated on an international public platform and severely prejudiced the party's reputation.


"In all our years of labour law litigation and consulting in commerce and industry, I cannot think of any employer who would not, and should not, take severe disciplinary action against someone who so wantonly and publicly spews profanities and disrespect, culminating in all likelihood in dismissal," Healy said.

"No right-minded employer would tolerate its reputation being so brazenly tarnished."

Healy said Malema's language at the press conference was in direct conflict with the two pillars of the Constitution - dignity and respect.

He said there was a plethora of case law which supported the contention that utterances of such gravity warranted dismissal as they placed the organisation's good name in severe disrepute.

"The normal protocol in addressing the gross misconduct of Mr Malema would be to suspend, discipline and probably dismiss him. It's as simple as that." - Sapa

Source: IOL

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