Wanderers' blunder cost me my job - Owen
MBABANE – A Manzini Wanderers cheque blunder cost former Standard Bank Operations Manager and Manzini Mayor, Owen Nxumalo his job.
Nxumalo is now demanding E550 704.74 from the bank as compensation for alleged unfair dismissal. The case was heard yesterday by acting Judge of the Industrial Court, Abande Dlamini. Nxumalo is represented by Jose Rodriguez.
The office of Sibandze Attorneys represents Standard Bank Swaziland which is cited as the respondent in the papers. Nxumalo, led by Rodriguez, narrated how he was dismissed from his employ of 20 years.
Nxumalo was employed by the bank on February 1, 1989 and dismissed in June 2009. He had been promoted to operations manager when his services were terminated. He said before his promotion, he was a member of the Swaziland Union of Financial Institutions and Allied Workers (SUFIAW).
Nxumalo said he was also a Treasurer of Manzini Wanderers Football Club, a position which he held until 2009.
He said he was called by the Manzini branch of the bank and told he had to append his signature on a cheque drawn by the club payable to Sipho Ntshalintshali, which he eventually did.
To his surprise, he alleged that he heard he had since been dismissed from being treasurer.
He alleged he learnt of his dismissal after the club officials lodged a complaint with the bank that he had signed a cheque, yet he was no longer authorised to do so.
"They said the cheque had the wrong signature on it. The signature that was there should not have been there.
"The person who had signed was not authorised to sign," Nxumalo alleged.
However, such complaint was allegedly withdrawn after the club notified the bank that it was its blunder, and in fact it had not notified Nxumalo of his dismissal.
The bank allegedly accepted the explanation.
Nxumalo alleged he was investigated in relation to the claim and was eventually slapped with three charges relating to abuse of authority.
He said he was acquitted on the first charge and only convicted in the last two charges.
It was alleged that Nxumalo instructed one, Zakhele Gamedze to cash the cheque and thus flouted the bank’s procedure.
"I lodged an appeal against the holding of the disciplinary hearing and the sanction was confirmed on appeal," Nxumalo said.
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