Varsity that ignored court order avoids fine after saying sorry

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Varsity that ignored court order avoids fine after saying sorry

The university found itself in trouble when it did not give its staff pay rises as ordered by the labour court

Cape Town bureau chief

A university that failed to comply with a court order compelling it to give 229 staff pay rises has avoided a fine after the vice-chancellor ate humble pie.

Prof Chris Nhlapo, of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), told a labour court judge he was “furious” last November when he learned a month-old arbitration order had been ignored by two directors at the university.

The CPUT staff involved in the case asked judge Hilary Rabkin-Naicker to fine CPUT for its contempt of court. But the judge said there had been no malice on the part of the university or Nhlapo...

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