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