Botha/Anglo Platinum Mines CCMA WECT16025, 07/12/09

Mr Botha led employees out on a protected strike. He designed and printed a poster with the slogan “one manager one bullet”

A pre-dismissal arbitration was held at the CCMA to decide Botha’s fate. He claimed that the poster was merely to convey the workers dissatisfaction with management and that the slogan should be seen in conjunction with the employees frustration and political struggle. Although no strike rules had been established, the commissioner noted that the schedule dealing with picketing rules made it clear that employees could not commit unlawful acts or acts which may be perceived to be violent.

The commissioner was unimpressed with the applicant’s contention that the poster was likened to slogans chanted during the apartheid era...

The employee was dismissed.