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In November last year Pinky Martha Matsheke was diagnosed with cancer.

In March this year, while receiving treatment in hospital, she was fired from her job as a personal assistant.

In June she took her boss Jeff van Rooyen to the CCMA for unfair dismissal and was awarded R238200 in compensation. Unfortunately she died in October, before she could get her money.

But now her husband Phillip Matsheke is fighting to get the money owed to his late wife.

Matsheke, a businessman from Centurion near Pretoria, said the company had been giving him the run-around and refused to release the money.

The company said it could not release the money because it was appealing the CCMA ruling.

Pinky had been working for the Uranus Group in Woodmead, Johannesburg, for seven years when she was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer (gastro intestinal).

She was the personal assistant of Van Rooyen, head of the company.

"I could not believe that they got rid of her in such a disgraceful manner. It was despicable," her enraged husband Phillip said yesterday.

He said his wife was hospitalised at the Donald Gordon Clinic in February. In May she sent their daughter to fetch her pay slip.

"She had not been paid for that month," Phillip said. "Only then did she discover that she had been fired in March."

The father of five lives with his two youngest daughters, aged 10 and 18, in Cura Park, Pretoria.

"She approached the CCMA to lay a complaint of unfair dismissal," he said. "Commissioner Nkosinathi Maseko awarded her R238200 in June as compensation."

But Uranus opposed the decision and took the matter to the labour court. In another twist Van Rooyen slapped Pinky with a demand for R10000, which he alleged she had been owing him since 2005.

Matsheke said he was unaware of this claim. Instead he said his wife had a 7percent shareholding in Uranus in the name of their three daughters, valued at R77889.

That money had not been paid out yet.

Yesterday a woman who refused to identify herself said: "Mr Van Rooyen says no comment because the matter is sub judice."

Matsheke said he could not understand why Uranus and Van Rooyen were refusing to pay because his wife had been a model worker.


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