MDC-T has been ordered by an arbitrator to pay R140 645 in damages to the party’s former national co-ordinator of the Women’s Assembly Lynnette Tendai Mudehwe.
Mudehwe was employed by MDC-T before she was unlawfully dismissed on allegations of lack of respect for women whom she was mandated to serve.
Mudehwe received notice of termination of service from the Women’s Assembly on October 15, 2008 and was given three months’ notice.
In the letter, which was part of the documents produced before arbitrator Percy Shawatu, several reasons were cited as the cause of her dismissal.
Part of her dismissal letter read: “Your service is terminated because of the following reasons:
“Lack of respect for the women you are supposed to serve; continued unwillingness to show passion for the women whom you are employed to serve.
“Challenging behaviour and disrespect for the leadership of the Women’s Assembly with whom you are supposed to work, continued absence from office and your closed door policy.” Upon receiving the letter Mudehwe took the matter to the Labour Court through her lawyers Chadyiwa and Associates and the case was referred to an arbitrator.
Shawatu in the award report said Mudehwe’s dismissal was unlawful and ordered MDC-T to reinstate her without any loss of salary and other benefits effective from the date of the unlawful dismissal.
However, MDC-T chose not to reinstate Mudehwe but opted to pay damages and the matter was referred to Shawatu for quantification.
The arbitrator ruled that Mudehwe should be paid damages in lieu of reinstatement amounting to R140 645 which amount he ruled should be paid within 14 working days from August 30, the day of the award.
MDC-T was represented in the case by from Honey and Blanckenberg law firm.