A recent document reveals that the Northern Cape former premier Manne Dipico deprived his staff their wages while he handsomely paid himself millions.
The document said Dipico of Diro Manganese Pty (Ltd) owned by Manne Dipico – Northern cape’s first premier – refused to pay more than 250 employees of a manganese mine in the Northern Cape for the past five months while he continued to earn millions in salaries and bonuses, of R1 258 284.86 in July 2015.
The documents further stated that, in July this year, company CFO Abraham Hermanus Leach earned a cost-to-company salary of R250 000 per month as the former premier continued to ignore them despite a sit-in at his offices.
This came to public notice as over 40 of the mine workers staged a sit-in at the Diro Manganese offices at Riverside Office Park, Centurion, for almost a week, sleeping and sharing one blanket in the office.
The workers were however evicted on Tuesday night after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria issued an eviction order against them.
The citizens further reported that some masked guards from Prof Risk Security Services (PRSS) forced the workers out as their belongings were thrown out of the building.
Some of the workers also claim to be assaulted in the process while a few others said they lost valuables, documents and wallets.
In retaliation, the workers barricaded the streets. About 11 were arrested and are expected to appear in court soon.
Some of the workers were offered temporary accommodation and food by an Economic Freedom Fighters leader in Pretoria, Mojalefa Mollo and his team while the workers persist that their salaries be paid.
“We feel we are being held hostage by the employer … the law favours the rich and not the poor,” the workers say as some claim to be in huge debt and could not help themselves with other jobs, as records show they are still employed by Diro Manganese.
Meanwhile, Diro’s legal and commercial manager, Breyton Rooiland, said the business was under rescue, but declined to comment further and referred all questions to Leach and Gainsford, who did not respond to messages.