Heart doctor takes R1m beating after unfairly firing protégé

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Heart doctor takes R1m beating after unfairly firing protégé

The mentor threatened and fired the young cardiologist when he heard rumours that he was job-hunting

Cape Town bureau chief

A veteran cardiologist hardened his heart against a young doctor who once saw him as a mentor, and now his “malicious manner” has cost him more than R1m.

Andre Saaiman, who practises at a Cape Town private hospital, has been ordered to pay the money to his former employee, Lou Hofmeyr, as compensation for unfair dismissal.

Cape Town labour court acting judge Bradley Conradie said Saaiman, 64, threatened his protégé before firing him on the spot when he heard rumours that Hofmeyr was job-hunting in 2017...

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