Academic wants R4.7m payout or job back
Three years after she was ousted from her position as deputy vice-chancellor at the Tshwane University of Technology for allegedly claiming that she was a professor, Lulama Makhubela is fighting back.
In an application before the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), Makhubela insisted that she was indeed a professor and that the charges brought against her were trumped up.
A Pretoria News report says Makhubela was called before an internal disciplinary committee in 2013 following claims that she incorrectly claimed in her CV that she was a professor.
It was further claimed that she never disclosed that she was asked to leave the employment of her former employer, the Development Bank of SA.
Makhubela was found guilty of the charges against her and dismissed about three years before her five-year contract ended.
She has now asked the court to declare her dismissal and subjecting her to an internal disciplinary hearing constituted a breach of her contract with the university.
She wants the court to order the institution to reinstate her to the deputy vice-chancellor position or pay her more than R4.7m – the amount equal to the balance of pay in her contract.
She also wants the dispute to be referred to the CCMA.
The report notes Judge Hans Fabricius postponed the matter indefinitely to afford Makhubela time to file an additional affidavit.
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