Osborne Molatudi

Osborne Molatudi

Partner, Johannesburg

Email osborne.molatudi@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +27 11 523 6143

Fax +27 86 677 5294

LanguagesEnglish, Sotho, Zulu

Practice groupLitigation

Osborne Molatudi focuses on employment and labour law and assists major employers with all aspects of employment issues. 

He acts for corporate clients and state-owned entities in matters relating to unfair dismissal disputes, work stoppages, strikes and trade union disputes, urgent interdicts, restructuring, section 197 sales of business/take-over transactions with employment law implications, and general arbitrations involving employment law disputes. 

He has over 20 years' experience in the areas of employment and labour law, combined human resources and industrial relations, as well as over 10 years' applied experience in advising, leading and chairing disciplinary hearings of companies involving junior and senior employees.

Osborne regularly publishes articles on various legal issues and offers commentary on employment law issues on radio and television.

Education and admissions


Unisa, 2001

Unisa, 2000

LL.B., University of KwaZulu-Natal, 1995

BProc, University of Limpopo, 1993


South African Society for Labour Lawyers (SASLAW)

Representative experience

Acted and represented an international logistic company in disputes involving trade union members and management.

Acted for a mining client in a number of workplace issues between management and NUMSA, being the majority trade union.

Acted for SANBS in a widely publicised employment equity dispute with Solidarity trade union.

Acted for Translux and Autopax, previous subsidiaries of Transnet, now part of PRASA, in various disputes involving employees and recognised trade unions at the time. 

Chairing internal enquiries for companies where there is no conflict, and conducting training on industrial/human resources aspects.

Represented SANBS in most of its employment related disputes, from internal disputes, Labour and High Court matters to post-retirement medical aid disputes.

Successfully defended a retail division of Massmart, in a sexual harassment dismissal challenged by a former store manager at the CCMA.

Successfully defended Medupi Power Station Joint Venture (MPSJV) in a Labour Court review application launched by NUMSA.

Latest thinking and events

Hogan Lovells Publications

Case law summaries and articles


It's no party Without Prejudice

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