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'Disrespectful' employee in hiding

By Canaan Mdletshe | Jan 21, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE 22-year-old woman who was suspended by her employers at the Esikhotheni Lodge in Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal, and was allegedly charged with "refusing to work overtime and lacking respect" after refusing to take an HIV test, has gone into hiding.

S'bongokuhle Nkosi said her life was turned upside down since she made startling allegations to Sowetan that she was suspended because she refused to take an HIV-Aids test.

She also went on record saying that fellow workers who tested positive were forced to buy a home-made concoction or muti from a supervisor at a cost of R300.

Last Wednesday she appeared before a disciplinary hearing but it was postponed.

Speaking to Sowetan from her hiding place Nkosi said yesterday that a co-worker had come to her home to inform her that she was on a "wanted list".

"He warned me that people had been paid to kill me. I now fear for my life," she said.

She also revealed that the co-worker had told her that the lodge had been put up for sale.

"It could be true that they are now selling the business because when the hearing was postponed I was told that I would be notified of a new date. It's been a week and I have not received any message," Nkosi said.

She says the supervisor had since packed his bags and left.

Previous lodge manager and owner Elin Hagemann said she "knew nothing about the matter".

Police spokesperson Captain Jabulani Mdletshe said: " The police need a statement before they can act."


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