A soldier who claimed he was dismissed from the army after being abducted and taken to an initiation school for circumcision has obtained a court order to get his job back.
Acting Judge SM Wentzel set aside a June 2013 decision by the chief of the SA National Defence Force not to reinstate Sergeant Jonas Mamasedi.
He ordered that Mamasedi be reinstated with full benefits, inSacked army man goes back to work cluding his salary, dating back to December 2011.
Mamasedi turned to the court for relief after being dismissed for being absent for more than 30 days without permission.
He claimed he was abducted while on his way to his grandfather’s house and that his father and a fellow sergeant had told his commanding officer that he was at an initiation school – for which he said he had also provided proof, but to no avail.
The defence force dismissed him, saying because of his 18 years of work experience, he was aware of the channels to be followed and the implications of absence from work without permission.
A board of inquiry found there was no evidence that Mamasedi had been abducted.
Judge Wentzel said the issue of the abduction could not be resolved, but nevertheless ruled in Mamasedi’s favour because his rights were violated as he was never given the chance to make representations to the chief of the army before his dismissal was confirmed.