Axed Old Mutual CEO Peter Moyo has filed yet another urgent application in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) asking it to declare the insurer in breach of the Constitution because it fired him again while it was still waiting for a judge to decide on the legality of his first dismissal.

Business Day says the latest salvo by Moyo, who was first dismissed by the insurer in June, comes after Old Mutual served him with a second notice to terminate his employment last Wednesday. The company issued an open letter to shareholders on Thursday announcing the second axing saying it wanted to make it clear that regardless of any court ruling, Moyo would not be welcomed back as CEO.

In July, Judge Brian Mashile ordered Old Mutual to temporarily reinstate Moyo because it had fired him without a disciplinary hearing in June for an alleged conflict of interest involving NMT, a private equity firm that Moyo co-founded.

The insurer which is appealing against that ruling was still waiting to hear if it will be successful when it fired Moyo again on the basis of legal advice and ‘careful reflection by directors’.

Moyo argued in his affidavit that the court should declare that Old Mutual was in breach of section 165(3) of the Constitution because the latest axing put the insurer in contempt of court, and was a deliberate attempt to interfere with the legal processes.

Section 165(3) of the Constitution states that: ‘no person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of the courts’.

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