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ASA employee goes back to work

Athletics South Africa communications manager Ethel Manyaka returns to work on Friday after winning a case against the federation’s interim administrators at the CCMA.

Manyaka said she was forced into taking indefinite unpaid study leave in June.

Sapa reports that she was told she could return to her post after disciplinary hearings had been completed against suspended board members and employees, and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), running ASA since November last year, handed control of the sport back to the federation.

Manyaka informed ASA assistant administrator Richard Stander via e-mail that she did not agree with the suspension, as she had not been accused of any wrong doing.

Stander said he would take the matter to the ASA interim board, but Manyaka said she never heard back from him and was forced out of her office in Houghton.

A hearing was scheduled at the CCMA offices in Johannesburg on July 26, and while Manyaka presented her own case, no representatives of ASA turned up.

Manyaka received an arbitration award last week, with the commissioner in charge of the case finding she had been “unfairly suspended”.

The commissioner went on to state that she was “suspended without pay for unknown reasons as she had not committed any offence”.

ASA’s interim administrators have been “ordered to lift Manyaka’s suspension with immediate effect” and pay her in full for the period during which she did not receive a salary.

Manyaka informed Stander that she would return to the office on Friday to continue her duties as an employee of the federation.


3 comments
Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

Must be held accountable. If SASCOC are reading these responses I look forward toseeing how they can justify the interim leaderships gross violation of a staff member and worse still they ignore a legal process. They must explain. Maybe they have a valid reason for missing the hearing but they must explain. It sound like a pattern but we must hear their side of the story first. This is exactly what has been happening at ASA all along. You raise legitamiate issues and they ignore you. Protocol and structures??? They have no respect for protocol themselves. get them in to explain to SASCOC or are you going to overlook this one?

Dingizwe Manyaka
Dingizwe Manyaka

ASA's no show at the CCMA on July 26 is an act of sheer arrogance and disrespect for the legal processess in this country, if they had a case, why did'nt they show up? there is no law in this country that allows an employer to suspend an employee without just cause and worst still, without pay, how could they suspend her pending hearing of her colleagues which she is not party to, what offence has she committed? and how could they further cite financial constrain and offer her three months salary which she did not agree to over and above suspension but still further go on to get somebody on her position. who is fooling who at ASA? TIME WILL TELL

Road Mogul
Road Mogul

Richard Stander is messing with the sport. He doesnt know what he is doing. He doesnt understand IR issues. How can SASCOC even allow that he did this. ASA's name has once again been dragged through the mud as a result of this gentleman. How on earth can he or Mr Mali not rock up for case with the ccma? They must be held accountable for this.