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Employees sue Seabelo over P2 million

Twenty four employees of the lucrative transport and logistics carrier, Seabelo Express (Pty) Ltd, are suing the company for a whooping P2 509 864.44 worth of payments for unlawful working days as per the requirement by the employer.

According to the writ of summons by Mr. Sesupo Mosweu of Mosweu & Co. Legal Practice representing the 24 plaintiffs, his clients were required by the company in an unlawful contract between the parties to work for 6 days a week rather the normal 5 working days as per the prescription by the Regulation of Wages Order.

“In terms of the employment contract between the Plaintiffs and the defendant, the plaintiffs were required to work 6 days in a week from Monday to Saturday,” reads Mr. Mosweu’s summons.

“The said requirement to work 6 days in a week is contrary to Paragraph 4 of the Regulation of Wages (garage, motor trade and road transport) order, which prescribes that the working week for employees in the garage, motor trade and road transport industry to be 5 days,” further states the summons.

In violation of the aforesaid order, Seabelo Express made the plaintiffs work for 6 days a week but never paid them for working the extra day nor granted the plaintiffs “day offs” during the week in compensation for working during periods of rest.

The plaintiffs further revealed that Seabelo Express did not dispute that by requiring them to work for 6 days as provided in their contract of employment directly violates the provisions of the Act, as the employer sought to change the working days from 26 to 22 in a month in a meeting held on the 12th of August 2014.

“The Defendant has failed, refused and/or neglected to pay the Plaintiffs for working during periods of rest as required by the Employment Act,” reads part of the summons.

Among the Plaintiffs, Molefe Motau started working for the company in January 1998 and is demanding the sum of P600 613.84 for 796 rest days that he worked until July 2014. Ngoni Ganetsang demands P148 583.20 for 632 rest days he worked from June 2001 to July 2014, their payments and other 22 employees amount to P2 506 864.44.

In an interview with this publication, Mosweu said the matter has been set for hearing on the 19th of August 2015 before Judge Tebogo Tau of Lobatse High Court. He further said they have learnt that Seabelo Express is now willing to negotiate, withdraw the matter and maybe settle out of court.

The plaintiffs are members of the Botswana Transport and Allied Workers Union (BTAWU) and with the assistance of the union managed to get representation of Mosweu & Co. Legal Practice in the case.

The attempts to get the views of Carol Bright from Briscoe Attorneys representing Seabelo Express drew blank as she was not available at the time of going to press.

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Woman swindled out of P62 000 by fake CID officers

17th June 2021

Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.

According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.

“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.

The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.

Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.

“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’

They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.

In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.

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BCP walks out of UDC meeting

15th June 2021
Boko and Saleshando

Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.

UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.

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Katlholo wins against DPP

15th June 2021
DCEC DIRECTOR: Tymon Katlholo

The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.

The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.

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