SA official dismissed for delaying Ramaphosa’s travel to Zim

Review & Mail Writer

A South African Embassy official has been dismissed after bungling travel arrangements for President Cyril Ramaphosa when he came for the inauguration of his Zimbabwean counterpart in Harare last month.

South African media report that Castro Mlaba who was employed by the department of home affairs as first secretary (immigration and civic services) in Harare lost his case in the labour court after “serious misconduct”.

His duties included travel arrangements and diplomatic processing of South African dignitaries visiting the country – but he completely bungled Ramaphosa’s visit on September 4, leading to delay of “over an hour” at Harare International Airport.

The knock-on effect then delayed the departure from the airport of the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mlaba had pinned the bungling to alleged changes in the travel arrangements relating to departure time of the President and his delegation, poor internet and traffic jam in Harare as he made frantic effort to go and receive Ramaphosa.

After failing to convince his employers about his lack of liability, he took the court route.

He approached the labour court on an urgent basis, but his application was dismissed last Thursday.

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