Govt to Sue Ramatex

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By Kuvee Kangueehi

Windhoek

The Government will take legal action against Ramatex, after the Malaysian company yesterday decided to close down its operations in Namibia at short notice.

Speaking to New Era yesterday, Prime Minister Nahas Angula said the textile company will not be let off the hook easily and will be expected to abide by all the procedures as stipulated in the Labour Act and Company Act of Namibia.

Angula said Ramatex has acted in bad faith because it had earlier agreed with the Government that it would give one year’s notice before closing down but instead only gave a month’s notice.

The Premier said the Government is still waiting to hear from Ramatex why it has decided to close down. If it claims bankruptcy, there are legal procedures that it needs to follow.

“They cannot just wake up in the morning and say they are leaving.”

The Premier added that the company is laying-off workers but there are procedures as stipulated in the Labour Act that should be followed.

Angula said he held a meeting with officials from the ministries of Trade and Industry, Justice and Labour to look into the matter and to plan the way forward.

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