Nightmare finally over for ex-Sasol employee

2011-03-05 11:13

Petrochemicals firm Sasol and its former employee Blessy Sekome have finally resolved their dispute over an outstanding debt he owed the firm.

Sekome approached Hotline ­after he got into a wrangle with Sasol regarding the repayment of the bursary he received from the company to further his studies. The company demanded that he pay back the bursary after he ­resigned.

But Sekome fought with Sasol over the repayment of the bursary.

“I tried to defend myself in court, but that did not help.

“It took Hotline’s intervention to lay this matter to rest and I still can hardly believe the nightmare is over,” said Sekome.

Sekome contacted Hotline after receiving letters of demand from debt collectors representing Sasol, who wanted to collect the outstanding amount from him.

Sasol financed his studies for R3 979, which he agreed to repay.

But he resigned from the company before he could settle the debt.

When he left Sasol, Sekome instructed the firm to deduct the outstanding debt from his salary.

Three months later, he received a letter of demand from the company regarding the debt. However, he refused to make the payment.

Sekome was issued with a ­summons and appeared in court without any representation as he could not afford any, he claimed.

There was a default judgment against him and he arranged to ­settle the debt.

“I wanted them off my back and paid a total of R5 778.

“They refused to issue a settlement letter and instead demanded a further R4 092.

“I refused to make the payment and requested intervention from senior managers at Sasol.

“They promised to investigate the matter, but instead I received different statements reflecting ­different amounts.

“Hotline was my last hope,” said Sekome.

Hotline referred the complaint to Jacqui O’Sullivan, group communications manager at Sasol, who agreed to investigate the ­matter.

She said Sekome had made ­arrangements to pay the funds, but failed to do so, hence the default judgment.

Sasol acknowledged receipt of the last payment made by Sekome, and the company decided to cancel the outstanding debt.

“Sasol regrets the delay in finally resolving this matter.

“We shall assist Sekome with the final administrative steps in closing the matter,” said O’Sullivan.

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