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MBABANE – He is battling to be paid what is due to him.

Erstwhile Premier League of Eswatini (PLE) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Simanga Nhleko has filed a legal claim of over E1 million for alleged unfair dismissal by the organisation.
This is according to legal documents submitted by his lawyer Mluleki Ndlangamandla of MLK Ndlangamandla Attorneys at the Industrial Court yesterday morning. The matter was heard before a panel of three magistrates but judgment was reserved until further notice.

According to the documents, Nhleko was taking home E339 000 annually, with a basic salary of E25 000, excluding benefits like travelling allowance drawn as fuel (E1 500 monthly), communication allowance (E750) and E1 000 housing allowance. The former Premier League referee is also demanding to be paid 30 per cent gratuity of the E339 000 annual salary, which amounts to slightly over E1 million if calculated for the duration of his three-year contract. It has been noted in the same papers that the two parties (Nhleko and PLE Executive Committee) had not agreed on the payment of the gratuity.

“The offer, which was made to me and which I accepted, was for E25 000. It comprised of the use of company car, communication allowance and then I suggested accommodation allowance. We settled for accommodation allowance at E1 000, then gratuity, which was to be verified,” Nhleko stated in the papers.


He added that regarding the contract agreed upon, he raised some concerns about certain elements that were missing. “As regards the contract, the salary was as offered, the accommodation allowance as well was as offered, the communication allowance was not per the agreement. A new benefit in the form of petrol allowance was offered, but the company car issue was not on the contract, so I advised the chairman verbally that the gratuity of 30 per cent was not appearing on the contract as agreed upon. The chairman suggested that a meeting would be convened to address the concerns, which I noted on the written contract,” Nhleko further stated.


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