Whistleblower's dismissal fight stands

Date: 13 Jun 2007
Parliament's former chief financial officer has won the first round in his unfair-dismissal case. The Cape Town Labour Court yesterday rejected an attempt by parliament to block the claim, after its lawyers raised an "exception" and sought a ruling on whether Harry Charlton's challenge was legally sound. They had argued that he was not protected by whistleblower legislation on his Travelgate disclosures. The court rejected the exception application, and ordered parliament to pay costs. Charlton argued that his dismissal was an act of victimisation following his attempts to expose fraudulent travel claims by MPs. Parliament says he was fired for financial misconduct. Spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs said a statement on the next course of action would be issued in due course. By Angela Quintal & Sapa The Star 12/06/07 e4