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A Limpopo businessman is angry after 15 of his workers allegedly paid themselves wages equivalent to two months salary without authorisation.
Masilo Boima, project manager of Ikageng Community Empowerment at Mopye village, outside Tzaneen, was upset when he learnt that the workers had withdrawn an undisclosed amount of cash from the project's bank account last week.
The workers, who were said to have not been paid for September, allegedly paid themselves two months' salary without informing him. Boima accused the workers of using an axed treasurer, Thabo Selepe, to access the account.
The workers' spokesman, Nankie Lebea, said they took the money because their boss disappeared on the last day of September and never called or visited the workshop again.
"Our families were starving and we could not go on for another month without being paid ," Lebea said.
Boima said the workers had disrespected him since they were planning to change the project's constitution at a secret venue without his knowledge.
"I was attending a workshop in Polokwane last Wednesday when I was informed about what was going on," Boima said.
"One of my employees told me that the workers were going to withdraw money for their wages.
Boima was a national winner of the Sowetan-Old Mutual-SABC Community Builder of the year award last year.