Most Recent Publications


Amongst others the following judgments will be discussed


The list include important and most recent Constitutional Court, Labour Appeal Court as well as Labour Court Judgments

(Kindly note this is not a comprehensive list and does not represent all the judgments that will be discussed)


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Johannesburg Metropolitan Bus Services (SOC) Ltd v Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union and Another (J1799/19) [2019] ZALCJHB 247 (20 September 2019)

The obligation to hold a secret ballot before strike action


Masoga and Another v Pick n Pay Retailers (Pty) Ltd and Others (JA14/2018) [2019] ZALAC 59 (12 September 2019)

The interpretation of s200B (Liability for employer’s obligations) of the LRA


EOH Abantu (Pty) Ltd v Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration and Others (JA4/18) [2019] ZALAC 57 (15 August 2019)

The categorisation of a charge sheet


Ubuntu Education Fund v Paulsen N.O and Others (PA12/17) [2019] ZALAC 56 (15 August 2019)

Employee on probation dismissed for poor work performance 


Molehe v Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council and Others (167/2014) [2019] ZALCCT 19 (2 August 2019)

Rigid application of principles such as the distinction between criminal and disciplinary proceedings to be avoided


National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa obo Nganezi and Others v Dunlop Mixing and Technical Services (Pty) Ltd and Others (CC) (28 June 2019)

Derivative misconduct


Mushi v EXXARO Coal (Pty) Ltd Grootegeluk Coal Mine (JA62/2018) [2019] ZALAC 44; [2019] 10 BLLR 1134 (LAC) (13 June 2019)

The risk of not following your own disciplinary guidelines


Jacobson v VITALAB (JS1042/19) [2019] ZALCJHB 157; (2019) 40 ILJ 2363 (LC) (28 May 2019)

Does s 187(1)(c) apply to individual automatically unfair dismissals?

S 187 (1)(c) “a refusal by employees to accept a demand in respect of any matter of mutual interest between them and the employer”


Naidoo and Another v Standard Bank SA Ltd and Another (J1177/19) [2019] ZALCJHB 168; [2019] 9 BLLR 934 (LC) (24 May 2019)

Resignation with immediate effect to avoid disciplinary action


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Ndzimande and Others v Didben N.O and Others (JR 1404/14) [2019] ZALCJHB 73 (2 April 2019)

Making false statements about the employer to the media


National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) obo members and Aveng Trident Steel (A division of Aveng Africa (Pty) Ltd) (2019) (Aveng) (13 June 2019)

Can employees be dismissed for refusing to accept an employer's proposal in respect of the change to conditions of employment?


Prabashnie Naicker v Africa Flight Services, JR 843/17 (21 May 2019)

Whether an act of insubordination justified dismissal, excluding the supervisor in email communication


Steenkamp and Others v Edcon Limited (CCT29/18) [2019] ZACC 17; 2019 (7) BCLR 826 (CC); (2019) 40 ILJ 1731 (CC) (30 April 2019)

Compensation in terms of Large-scale retrenchments as a remedy for procedural unfairness


Comair Ltd v National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa and Others (J891/19) [2019] ZALCJHB 74; [2019] 8 BLLR 812 (LC) ; (2019) 40 ILJ 2076 (LC) (25 April 2019)

Strike related equal pay for equal work


Mahle BEHR SA (Pty) Ltd v NUMSA and Others ; FOSKOR (Pty) Ltd v NUMSA and Others (D448/19;D439/19) [2019] ZALCD 2; (2019) 40 ILJ 1814 (LC) (20 March 2019)

The effect of the transitional provisions related to the secret balloting provision (s19 of the LRA)


Autozone v Dispute Resolution Centre of Motor Industry and Others (JA52/2015) [2019] ZALAC 46; [2019] 6 BLLR 551 (LAC); (2019) 40 ILJ 1501 (LAC) (13 February 2019)

Breakdown in the trust relationship


Solidarity obo Barkhuizen v Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke and Others (J44/19) [2019] ZALCJHB 90; (2019) 40 ILJ 1320 (LC); [2019] 7 BLLR 725 (LC) (24 January 2019)

Suspension on allegations of racism


Calgan Lounge (Pty) Ltd v National Union of Furniture & Allied Workers of SA & others (2019) 40 ILJ 342 (LC)

Involvement of political party in the instigating and driving of strike – political party has no locus standi in the workplace


Sun International Limited v SACCAWU obo Rebecca Ramerafe and Others (JR1501/17) [2019] ZALCJHB 31; [2019] 7 BLLR 733 (LC); (2019) 40 ILJ 1873 (LC) (26 February 2019)

Equal pay for equal work


Legal Aid South Africa v Mayisela and Others (CA9/17) [2019] ZALAC 1; [2019] 5 BLLR 421 (LAC); (2019) 40 ILJ 1526 (LAC) (5 February 2019)


National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa obo Baloyi and Others v O-Line (Pty) Ltd (2019) 28 CCMA the Commission for Conciliation, Arbitration and Mediation (“CCMA”)


False allegations of racism may result in dismissal


Long v South African Breweries (Pty) Ltd and Others; (CCT61/18) [2019]  (19 February 2019)

Precautionary suspension: Whether it is necessary to hold a pre suspension hearing


Anglo Gold Ashanti and others v AMCU & others [2019] JOL 41788 (LC)

The requirements for a valid secondary strike in terms of s66 of the LRA


TMT Services & Supplies (Pty) Ltd v CCMA & others (2019) 40 ILJ 150 (LAC)

Misconduct (Insubordination)


TFD Network Africa (Pty) v Faris (2019) 40 ILJ 326 (LAC)

Refusal to work on Saturdays because of religious beliefs


Solidarity and Another v Armaments Corporation of South Africa (SOC) Ltd and Others [2019] 3 BLLR 248 (LAC)

Dismissal for Incapacity


Mthembu and Others v NCT Durban Wood Chips [2019] 4 BALR 369 (CCMA)

Testing positive for cannabis at work


South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union and Others v Woolworths (Pty) Limited (CCT275/17) [2018] ZACC 44; (2019) 40 ILJ 87 (CC) ; 2019 (3) BCLR 412 (CC); [2019] 4 BLLR 323 (CC); 2019 (3) SA 362 (CC)

Labour Relations Act — section 189A(19) — retrenchment — dismissal for operational requirements


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Imvula Quality Protection (Pty) Ltd and Others v University of South Africa (JA122/2017) [2018] ZALAC 33; [2018] 12 BLLR 1151 (LAC); (2019) 40 ILJ 104 (LAC) 

S197 Transfer of Business


National Union of Mineworkers and Others v Anglo Gold Ashanti Limited and Another (J3627/18) [2018] ZALCJHB 385; [2019] 1 BLLR 54 (LC); (2019) 40 ILJ 407 (LC) 

Section 197(6) of the LRA


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  • New EEA Form Issued in terms of the Employment Equity Act

  • Load shedding and the obligation of the employer

  • Paternity Leave

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