Does my employer need to accept my resignation for it to be valid?
The Supreme Court of Appeal in the matter of “African National Congress v Municipal Manager, George Local Municipality & Others  3 BLLR 221 (SCA)” held that “resignation must be of immediate effect or from a specific date, and being a unilateral legal act, it does not need to be accepted by the intended recipient to be effected. The resignation must however be unequivocally communicated to the other party”.
In this matter it was decided that a resignation does not need to be accepted by an employer for it to take effect, as long as one clearly communicate to your employer one’s intention to resign from employment as well as the specific date which your resignation would take effect as a resignation is a unilateral decision.
One should must just bear in mind that resignations should be done as per contractual obligations. For instance, the notice period required.
In a Nutshell: NO!!!! your employer does not need to accept your resignation for it to take effect, as a resignation is a unilateral decision.
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