Numsa KZN secretary in court for fraud

2016-08-31 16:06
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Durban – A senior Numsa official has appeared in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court on charges of defrauding his bodyguard, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

“It is alleged that the accused defrauded an employee in their organisation. He was charged with fraud,” Hawks provincial spokesperson Simphiwe Mhlongo said.

National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) KwaZulu-Natal secretary Mbuso Ngubane was granted R5 000 bail and his case was postponed to September 9. 

Ngubane declined to comment to News24. 

Ngubane’s bodyguard Sandile Mkhize said in a statement to Numsa’s leadership that he was unfairly dismissed after he asked why he had been short-changed.

Mkhize said he started working for the Numsa’s KwaZulu-Natal region as a VIP protection officer in July 2012.

After two months of working for Ngubane, Mkhize asked about his employment contract. Ngubane told him he was waiting for one from head office.

No payslip

“So when I got paid the first month of my work, he demanded R5 000 from my salary and he told me that it was his money in my account. I did not suspect anything at first until I asked for a payslip and he said there were no payslips,” Mkhize said.

Mkhize claimed he never received a payslip until October 2013. Ngubane continued to demand R5 000 from him every month by making him withdraw money from his own account and hand it over to him. This happened for 15 months, from July 2012 until October 2013, a sum of R75 000.

“I then spoke to him and found out that the money he was demanding was mine, he admitted. I asked him to pay it back, and he said if he pays me then I won’t work with him anymore, so he will fire me. Now I am unfairly dismissed because I wanted the regional secretary to stop stealing my money.”

When he reported the matter to the union, it was agreed that Ngubane would repay him R60 000.

After challenging the matter with the union, Ngubane allegedly dismissed Mkhize.

Mkhize approached the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration to challenge the dismissal.

The matter was heard on August 5, 2014, and the parties agreed Mkhize would be paid R324 000, according to a copy of the settlement agreement.

Ngubane had allegedly not paid Mkhize.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim was not immediately available to comment.

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