Top ANC MP Lumka Yengeni, who heads parliament’s portfolio committee on labour, has been accused of breaching the laws she is meant to oversee.
Report has it that Mrs Yengeni contravened labour laws of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), by abusing her domestic worker and making her work long hours with no tea or lunch breaks.
This was revealed by her former domestic worker, Lucia Dlephu, who was employed to take care of Yengeni’s mother-in-law. She filed papers with CCMA telling them of how she was being manhandled by her boss.
“It was not nice” working for Yengeni, who had denied her leave and lunch breaks. “If I needed to do something at my house, I was not allowed to come here. I had to live in the house and sleep in the room with the granny. I was on duty 24 hours a day to make sure she does not wander off” Dlephu said.
Recalling her experience with the estranged wife of party bigwig Tony Yengeni, Dlephu said she asked her last year for leave permit but Yengeni became very angry. “She asked me what that is. She was very upset. She told me I had no job before, and she was paying me more than other people.”
“Mrs Yengeni is very rich but I am the only one in my family who works, and I must look after everybody. She said I can pack my parcel [bags] if I did not want to work for her.
“On the 13th of February this year, I had gone to my house. When I returned to work, Mrs Yengeni was there. She told me: ‘Your job is finished. Go take your things and go.’
“I was too shocked to argue and I went. I looked for transport for my stuff. When I returned, my stuff had been put in the garage.
“She has also not given me a reference and now I am unemployed. I am a very good caregiver to old people and I have much experience, so if anyone can offer me a job, I’m available,” said Dlephu.
According to document, as reported by Sundaytimes, Yengeni employed Dlephu in July 2013 to look after her mother-in-law, who has Alzheimer’s and lives in Gugulethu.
A settlement was later reached at the CCMA on May 13 but the content of the agreement and actual amount between Yengeni and Dlephu were not disclosed.
Meanwhile, African National Congress (ANC) has spoken in defence of its Member of Parliament saying Yengeni has not been found guilty of mistreating her employees.
The party’s Moloto Mothapo said contrary to allegations, comrade Yengeni was not found guilty of any violations of the law or the mistreatment of her employee adding that both Yengni and Dlephu have settled their disputes amicably “There will be no penalty imposed against her”