Home manager is suspended

2018-04-27 06:00

THE Elonwabeni Old Age Home in Kokstad has suspended its manager Luvuyo Nongimba.

Allegations against Nongimba include arriving at work under the influence of alcohol, not paying residents’ burial society funds and the general mismanagement of funds.

In January, the Fever reported that Kokstad residents had raised concerns about alleged financial irregularities at the home.

This week, Nongimba confirmed the letter of suspension, saying it was served to him on February 8.

Nongimba criticised board members for suspending him without pay, adding that he was never afforded the opportunity to defend himself at a disciplinary hearing.

The first hearing was set for February 16, but board members postponed it to March 26, however, it was not conducted on that day either.

“On April 9, I was called to the institution for a hearing for the third time, but board members postponed it again, saying they wanted to involve the Department of Labour.

“During the meeting, some board members even said they would not be sitting in at the hearing as it was ‘nonsense’,” said Nongimba.

He said on April 10, board members served him with another letter telling him that they would no longer be conducting a hearing because Nongimba had taken the matter to his legal advisers.

“In the [most recent] letter, I was told that the Department of Social Development would handle my matter moving forward. I only decided to involve my attorney after my hearing was postponed one too many times.

“It was also stated in my suspension letter that I could involve my legal representative if I wanted to,” said Nongimba.

Elonwabeni Old Age Home treasurer Mzukisi Siphunzi confirmed Nongimba’s suspension, saying the matter is now in the hands of Department of Social Development lawyers. He refused to comment on details of the allegations.

Nongimba was employed as manager at the home July last year and he has denied the allegations laid against him and alleges that some board members are trying to tarnish his name.

“While I was a manager, I never got involved in corruption and my job was to give guidance to the institution,” said Nongimba.

The institution is home to elderly people from Kokstad and the surrounding areas.

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