Miinister of Primary and Secondary Education, Professor Paul Mavima was ordered by the Labour Court to immediately reinstate Ezekiel Hleza, who was a headmaster at Tshelanyemba High School in Matobo district, who was recently fired for resisting to be transferred.
Hleza was fired in January this year after defying an order by the ministry to transfer him to Siyoka Secondary School in Beitbridge district. The ruling follows an application for review by Mr Hleza through his lawyer, Mr Edson Matika of Munyaradzi Gwisai and Partners, challenging the decision by Mavima’s ministry to transfer him. Mavima and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) were cited as respondents.Bulawayo Labour Court judge Justice Mercy Moya-Matshanga ruled that the decision by Mavima and the CSC was unlawful and unjustified. She set aside the transfer and ordered the respondents to immediately reinstate Mr Hleza to his post.
In his application, Hleza argued his transfer and subsequent discharge from the civil service was unlawful, unjustified and an act of victimisation by his superiors. He said his employers did not give him reasons for the transfer, which was done at short notice in violation of section 13 (3) of the Public Service Commission Regulations.