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MANAGER ACCUSED OF VERBAL ATTACK OVER PPE

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MANZINI – A manager has been accused of verbally abusing and threatening to kill employees over personal protective equipment (PPE) at United Plantations Limited (Tambuti Estate).

This is said to have happened when the employees were requesting PPE at the establishment. According to a letter written to the office of the Labour Commissioner by the Swaziland Agriculture and Plantations Workers Union (SAPWU), on March 26, 2020, the manager at Tambuti Estate was purported to have verbally abused and intimidated employees in the pack house department.  SAPWU is a union duly registered and recognised as collective employee representative. The union alleged that this was after the company’s estate manager overturned the managers decision on PPE during at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This, the union claimed, was after the manager suspected that he had been bypassed by the employees and reported their concerns to his superior. Subsequent to this, Secretary General of SAPWU Manqoba Dlamini alleged that on April 7, 2020 the manager allegedly threatened to kill a group of employees.

Employees

Dlamini alleged that this was after the manager had informed the employees to verify what he was capable of doing with the Lubulini Police Station. During the alleged verbal showdown by the manager and the employees, Dlamini claimed that the manager insinuated that at the aforementioned police station, he was arrested and detained after shooting certain individuals.  “The manager further challenged the employees to a fist fight with himself. He said he was angry at them because they were gossiping about him at the employee residences,” reads the letter in part.

Dlamini informed the office Mthunzi Shabangu, the Labour Commissioner, that they had written to the employer, requesting that the allegations levelled against the manager be investigated and further wanted the company to ensure he was disciplined if he was found to have committed any misconduct. 

 

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