The African National Congress (ANC) has fired controversial long standing member, Carl Niehaus, as the party's employee.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe confirmed his dismissal to news channel ENCA on Thursday evening.
In the letter Newsnote has seen, Niehaus confirmed that he will no longer be needed at the oldest liberation movement on the continent. He has been asked to collect his belongings at the party’s headquarters, Luthuli House, on Friday morning.
Niehaus was fired after he said he would lay criminal charges against his party over its failure to pay staff salaries for months. The ANC, however, responded by saying it was “dismayed” by what it termed Niehaus' "ongoing divisive, opportunistic and anti-ANC behaviour".
“The ANC has interacted with staff representatives and have unequivocally confirmed that Carl Niehaus does not represent them nor does he have the mandate to act on their behalf. His desperate lust for publicity and his latest withdrawal of the said fraudulent statement does not augur well with Carl’s self claimed credentials as a decorated freedom fighter,” said the ANC in a statement.
But in a letter sent to Niehaus the party said he is no longer needed at the ANC.
“We acknowledge receipt of your letter in response to a letter sent to you earlier today requesting reasons why the ANC should not summarily dismiss you as an employee and terminate your contract of employment.
We have noted your response, and it is unfortunate that instead of taking the opportunity to clarify the allegations, you elected to construe the letter as an attack upon you. You are reminded that the letter constituted a hearing as envisaged in the principles of natural justice – audi alteram partem. You are entitled to your views as expressed in your response. The ANC disagrees with your view and will challenge that contention in any appropriate forum,” said the ANC's letter.
It added that Niehaus had been warned before over his anti-ANC remarks but continued to ignore the party's instructions.
“Your written representations have been considered against the backdrop that the ANC has repeatedly warned you about your public pronouncements and conduct which sought to undermine it as your employer. You nonetheless persisted with conduct that continuously brought your employer into disrepute,” said the letter.
“Your recent “Urgent Media Alert” distributed on social media yesterday [Wednesday] wherein you informed the public of your intent to lay criminal charges of theft, fraud, corruption and various statutory charges against the National Office Bearers of the ANC and your employer, the ANC; inviting the media to witness the charges being laid at the Johannesburg Police Station and thereafter promising to address the media are deliberate acts of misconduct and malice which are intended to tarnish the image of your employer and bring your employer into disrepute," it said.
The letter informed Niehaus to collect his belongings from Luthuli House on Friday morning.
“Accordingly, this letter serves as notice of your summary dismissal as an employee of the ANC. You can collect your personal belongings from ANC security at Luthuli House tomorrow between 10h00 and 11h00.”
Niehaus has seven days to appeal the dismissal.