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President Jacob Zuma wife's Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma was found guilty by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) of unlawfully dismissing her domestic worker, Ilanga newspaper reported on Thursday.
The paper reported that MaNtuli, as she is known, did not pay her domestic worker Sbongile Doris Ngobese the full salary that they had agreed upon and also did not follow correct procedure when dismissing her.
The CCMA gave MaNtuli 14 days to backpay Ngobese R16 000 for eight months of her R2 000 salary that was outstanding.
Ilanga reported that the CCMA had requested that MaNtuli attend the hearing and give her side of the story. However, she did not attend or give any evidence when the case was heard on June 4.
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The main issue in the CCMA matter was whether MaNtuli had followed the correct procedure in dismissing Ngobese.
Ngobese was employed in August last year for a wage of R2 000 a month. MaNtuli allegedly asked Ngobese to quit her job at St Augustine's Hospital to work for her, Ilanga reported.
MaNtuli reportedly paid Ngobese R1 000 on February 27 and promised to pay the rest when she had money.
On March 8 Ngobese asked for the rest of her salary as she was ill and needed to see a doctor, but MaNtuli allegedly did not reply to Ngobese's 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 decided to return to work 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 by MaNtuli.
A policewoman at the gate went into the house and returned with Ngobese's clothing but did not reply to Ngobese's letter about whether she was still employed, Ilanga reported.
In May it was reported that MaNtuli owed the eThekwini municipality R9,564.87 in water and electricity bills from the Morningside, Durban house in which she was living.
The money had to be paid in full before the municipality would restore the lights and water. - Sapa