SA diplomat in 'slave' scandal

2014-01-15 17:19
(<a href=''>Shutterstock</a>)


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Dublin - A South African diplomat in Ireland has landed herself in hot water after her former domestic worker filed charges of slave labour against her, according to reports.

The Irish Independent reported that Thobeka Dlamini, charge d'affaires at the South African Embassy in Dublin, is accused of paying her former employee R24.64 an hour and allegedly forcing her to work 17-hour days.

The domestic worker, who was employed by Dlamini and did not work for the embassy, reportedly worked as the diplomat’s housekeeper and looked after her three children.

She moved to Dublin with the family from Pretoria in 2012.

The woman had filed the complaint a year after arriving in Ireland, after being hospitalised last summer.

Dlamini has reportedly denied the 17-hour work day, but refused to clarify the wages, saying it was three times more than what women were paid in South Africa.

Minimum wages for a domestic worker in SA is R11.27 per hour, compared to the minimum wage in Ireland which is R120.64 per hour.

According to the Irish Independent, Dlamini had supplied the department of foreign affairs with a copy of the domestic worker’s contract detailing wages and working hours.

She said at no stage did department officials raise concerns about the salary and had approved the visa.

Dlamini was surprised by the charge, claiming that the woman had never complained about her working conditions.

Late last year an Indian diplomat in the US was charged with fraud and paying her housekeeper below minimum wage, according to the Daily Mail.

India's deputy consul in New York, Devyani Khobragade, reportedly paid her employee R106.38 and hour for a 40-hour week.

Read more on:    ireland  |  sa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy

Miley's new dog is too adorable.



13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher
The unusual pets of Instagram
Bertie sets a new world record!

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The Leo moon adds an element of drama and entertainment. A significant person that you may consult or confide in may play more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.