ANC volunteer cleaner says she’s not been paid

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ZOLILE MENZELWA

A WOMAN work­ing for the ANC Kidd’s Beach par­lia­men­tary con­stituency of­fice in East London says she has not been paid her stipend of R500 for seven months.

How­ever, the of­fice ar­gues that Nomthunzi Fesi, 48, has not been com­ing to work, hence the non-pay­ment.

Fesi said she started work at the of­fice on Oc­to­ber 10 2013 as a volunteer cleaner for R500 a month. She said she re­ceived her first pay­ment of R2 000 for four months’ work in De­cem­ber 2014, mean­ing she went 14 months with no pay.

In that time, she had also been do­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive work for the of­fice.

The con­stituency of­fice leader and mem­ber of par­lia­ment, Tandiwe Kenye, de­clined to com­ment, say­ing she was busy pre­par­ing for a meet­ing, be­fore re­fer­ring ques­tions to the ANC cau­cus in par­lia­ment.

Fesi said: “I was sup­posed to work twice a week, but be­cause I have to do ad­min­is­tra­tive work as well, I end up work­ing the en­tire week.

“Even if I get paid, R400 of the R500 goes to trans­port.”

Pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture chief whip Mzoleli Mrara said the of­fice fell un­der na­tional par­lia­ment and re­ferred ques­tions to the of­fice of its chief whip, Jack­son Mthembu.

Mthembu’s spokes­woman, Non­ceba Mh­lauli, said R500 was de­posited into the par­lia­men­tary coun­sel of­fice for clean­ers.

“Nomthunzi Fesi is a clean­ing volunteer in the of­fice but she hasn’t re­ported to the of­fice for the past three months,” Mh­lauli said, adding that Fesi had re­ceived her stipend for March, April, May and June.

Fesi claims she was last paid R500 in Fe­bru­ary and that she stopped work­ing be­cause she was not be­ing paid. —

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