First lady ordered to pay domestic R16 000

2010-07-23 11:42

President Jacob Zuma’s wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma has been ordered to pay R16 000 to her domestic worker for unlawfully dismissing her.

Because MaNtuli, as she is known, did not attend the hearing as required by law, the commissioner issued a default judgment, Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration spokesperson Lusanda Myoli said.

“A default award was issued based on the testimony given by the applicant.”

MaNtuli was ordered to pay the money within 14 days of receiving the ruling.

Yesterday Ilanga newspaper reported that MaNtuli did not pay her domestic worker Sbongile Doris Ngobese the full salary that they had agreed upon, and also didn’t follow correct procedure when dismissing her.

Myoli said the matter was referred to the CCMA on May 12.

“The referral form indicated that the applicant was allegedly dismissed on April 29 and the reason for dismissal was unknown.”

MaNtuli can apply for the order to be revoked by giving a valid reason for not attending the hearing, and the matter could be heard again.

Ngobese was employed in August last year and paid a monthly salary of R2 000 a month. MaNtuli reportedly asked Ngobese to quit her job at St Augustine’s Hospital to work for her, Ilanga reported.

MaNtuli paid Ngobese R1 000 on February 27 and promised to pay the rest later.

On March 8 Ngobese fell ill and needed to see a doctor so asked for the rest of her salary but MaNtuli allegedly did not reply to the request.

Ngobese saw a doctor who gave her a sick note to stay at home until March 12. On March 10 MaNtuli’s bodyguard went to Ngobese’s home and paid her the remaining R1 000. Ngobese gave the bodyguard the sick note.

The following day the bodyguard returned with the sick note and told Ngobese not to return to work on March 12.

Ngobese, however, decided to go back, but nobody would open the gates for her, the paper reported.

On April 29 she returned to the house with a letter asking whether she was still employed. A police officer at the gate went into the house and returned with Ngobese’s clothing but did not reply to Ngobese’s letter, Ilanga reported.

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