First lady vs maid

2013-08-18 12:05
Thobeka Madiba-Zuma

Thobeka Madiba-Zuma

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Durban - A row is brewing between one of President Jacob Zuma’s wives, Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, and a domestic worker after the 23-year-old woman last week laid a complaint of intimidation with police against the first lady who has since labelled the woman as being “disturbed”.

According to the Sunday Times, the woman, who works for a Durban family as a domestic worker, had been taken in by Madiba-Zuma and allowed to stay in her Durban home for four months.

However, Madiba-Zuma allegedly had the woman escorted off her premises when it emerged she was being investigated for theft and assault.  She was forced to leave “amid fears that she was a threat to the family’s safety and security”.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that a case of intimidation had been opened against the president’s wife. He said that no arrest had been made but declined to comment further.

When asked to comment, Madiba-Zuma said she was unaware of the complaint laid against her. “But I welcome the law to take its full course.

First ladies in the spotlight

Madiba-Zuma made the headlines earlier this year when she reported the disappearance of jewellery worth half a million rand from her luggage during an SA Airlink flight from Nelspruit to OR Tambo.

The following items were among the missing jewellery:

- Diamond bracelet worth R185 000
- A white diamond set with earrings, bracelet, necklace worth R88 950
- A white gold diamond ring in the shape of a snake wort R20 000
- In total, she lost R508 117 worth of jewels.

Labour dispute

Another of Zuma's wives was entangled in a labour dispute in 2010, with a former domestic worker who laid a claim with the CCMA that she had been unfairly dismissed. According to reports at the time, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma came to an agreement with the woman, Doris Ngobese.

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