IFP Questions the Legality of NFP Leader’s Domestic Worker

13th August 2014.


The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature questions the legal status of a domestic worker for NFP leader, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, who is implicated in the burglary at the NFP leader’s home.


“Further to our call for the SAPS to investigate where the Deputy Minister obtained half a million rand from, which was kept in her house when it was broken into, we as the IFP also demand that an urgent investigation must be conducted on whether Amina Vasco, the domestic worker to the NFP leader, is a legal immigrant in this country.  Why did the Deputy Minister decided to hire a foreigner as her domestic worker? Was she employed as cheap labour?


Is she registered with the Department of Labour? How much did she earn per month? All these questions must be investigated and the Deputy Minister must provide answers,” said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala.


“I am aware that many businesses and respected people are employing foreigners as cheap labour because they are desperate and they will accept even crumbs from a table. In the case of the Deputy Minister, if she is found to be guilty of violating her domestic worker’s rights, she must be held accountable. We don’t expect to see people who hold such high public office being involved in such an embarrassment. We are aware that the Deputy Minister has other homes and we question whether the staff at those homes are also foreigners? We demand that the Department of Labour must also investigate this matter,” continued Mr Gwala.


“We also call on the Department of Labour to conduct an audit in workplaces and domestic employment to ensure that immigrant labour is not exploited.


Although we are against people entering this country illegally, we believe that peoples’ rights must not be violated. We call on potential employers to prioritise the millions of South Africans who are unemployed unless it is a scarce skill that is not readily available in our country”, concluded Mr Gwala.



Issued by:

Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KwaZulu Natal Legislature, 078 290 5842


For Media Queries:

Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675