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Farmer improves on his 'tobacco' offer

By unknown | Jun 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Elisha Molefe

Elisha Molefe

The farmer who allegedly gave his employee a severance package of only a R1000 and packet of tobacco after almost "50 years" of service has agreed to pay him for 15 years' service.

The North West Department of Labour said yesterday that after investigations it was satisfied that Molungu Moalodi, 67, had only worked for Koert Groblaar for 15 years.

Labour Department spokesman Kgomotso Sepetso said Moalodi had just been helping out for the remaining years.

But Moalodi, of Vlakkoppies farm, is hopping mad and insists that he had worked for the Groblaars for 47 years.

"I worked for Koert's father while he was still a boy. My wife used to carry Koert's satchel when he was only knee-high," he said.

"How could he say I have worked for them for only 15 years?"

But Sepetso said: "Moalodi agreed in the presence of Groblaar and the Department of Labour inspectors that he had worked from 1988 until 2003 and agreed that he was just helping out until the farm was sold.

"He also said Groblaar had given him R1000 and a sack of maize meal, not tobacco as it was reported," Sepetso said.

But Sepetso's statement was denied by Lentikile, Moalodi's eldest daughter.

"These people cannot say my father only worked at the farm for a few years. I am 47 and I was born on that farm. When I was born my father was working for the same family," Lentikile said.

"How can a father of 10 children only help on a farm without pay?"

Sepetso said they only knew about the issue after Sowetan published the story.


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