'I am not a monster'

An Otjozondjupa farmer has denied wrongdoing, after being accused of mistreating San farmworkers.

11 October 2018 | Labour

Chief Joseph Gomoseb has accused the labour ministry of protecting Abraham Blaauw, an Otjozondjupa farmer who is allegedly maltreating and exploiting San workers.

However, Blaauw has rejected the allegations.

“That is simply nonsense. I am not a monster. They caused me a lot of damage. Instead of the

N$7 740 that I had to pay them, I gave them more than N$9 000 and was forced to write off one debt.

“Also tell Chief Joseph that I will take him to court if he drags my name through the mud,” said Blaauw.

He also accused the San workers of threatening him at the labour office in Okahandja.

Blaauw said he is a respectable retired banker who would never mistreat workers.

According to him the San workers ate more than they earned and failed to deliver even one packet of braai wood in 46 days.

According to the chief, seven workers that harvest wood at farm Uitkoms were left hungry for three days.

“He also has other Owambo workers at another farm whom he pays more than a N$1 000 per month, but the 'Boesmans' do not get the same treatment,” Gomoseb claimed.

Gomoseb said he was sent from pillar to post between the labour ministry's offices in Okahandja and Windhoek, with no one willing to solve the problem.

He also accused Blaauw of deducting more than two-thirds of the workers' wages for food and refusing to meet with them at the labour ministry's office in Okahandja.

“He went into the labour office where he talked to the officials without the presence of the workers. Blaauw also threatened to hurt one of us in the office. Something is not right there; I think I must just appeal to the president because no one is helping us,” said Gomoseb.

According to him, Blaauw offered to pay the workers N$200 each in the presence of labour officials at Okahandja.

Labour ministry permanent secretary Bro-Mathew Shinguadja said he was aware of the case and confirmed that Blaauw had left N$2 290 at the Okahandja office for the seven San workers.

“He put them in different envelopes for everybody. Some got N$200 or N$300 or whatever. The chief was informed that the money was there, but he told the workers not to take the money.

“The labour officer told him that even if the money was not enough, it is best that they take the money because they will have to eventually put it in the bank, and that would mean they will have to go to the bank with identification documents and there will even be bank charges,” Shinguadja said.

He said the chief was advised to fill in a form for mediation and conciliation, which was sent to the labour commissioner's office, but the chief still ordered the workers not to take the money.

Shinguadja said a proper investigation is needed into the allegations that two-thirds of the workers' wages were deducted for food.

He said it is wrong for an employer to deduct more than one-third of a person's wages.

“He (Blaauw) may have bought expensive food, which people did not need. Maybe he bought an expensive brand, while there was a cheaper brand. And that is why the labour inspector is saying the people must take the money he has left there, so that the rest can be done by the conciliator or arbitrator.”

JEMIMA BEUKES

Similar News

 

Economy in doldrums, says Tucna

1 day - 22 March 2019 | Labour

Ahead of the tabling of the budget next week, the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) released a scathing statement condemning the economic direction in...

Tucna a limbililwa konkalo yeliko

1 day - 22 March 2019 | Labour

Sho kwa tegelelwa omutengenekwathaneko gwelongitho lyiiyemo yepangelo gu tseyithwe moshiwike twa taalela, oTrade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) oya pititha omukanda ngoka tagu kondema...

Kahimise turns to Supreme Court

1 week ago - 14 March 2019 | Labour

Embattled City of Windhoek CEO Robert Kahimise has endorsed the reinstatement and dropping of all charges against suspended City Police chief Abraham Kanime, but his...

Procurement board denies 'tribal purge'

1 week ago - 12 March 2019 | Labour

The deputy chairperson of the Central Procurement Board of Namibia (CPBN), Lischen Ramakhutla, has denied there is an ongoing tribal purge that favours Oshiwambo-speaking employees....

Skorpion Zinc faces losses of N$316m

1 week ago - 12 March 2019 | Labour

The general manager of the Skorpion Zinc mine, Irvinne Simataa, says a recent strike by workers of Basil Read placed the future of the mine...

Ina mu gandja po iilonga kaazaizai - aaniilonga yomatungo

2 weeks ago - 07 March 2019 | Labour

Ewawa lyAanyasha yoSwapo, ndyoka lya li li na okukala oshitopolwa shehololomadhilaadhilo olyiikutha mo mehololomadhilaadhilo ndyoka.Aaniilonga yomatungo omathele oya kutha ombinga mehololomadhilaadhilo ndyoka itaya popile egandjo...

Workers turn up the heat

2 weeks ago - 06 March 2019 | Labour

Swapo-affiliated unions and the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) have thrown down the gauntlet over billion-dollar tenders being awarded to foreign companies while...

Swakop Uranium denies involvement in recording

3 weeks ago - 01 March 2019 | Labour

Swakop Uranium has denied any involvement in leaking an audio recording in which Erongo governor Cleophas Mutjavikua apparently advises a Chinese mine manager on how...

'Fire him, Hage'

3 weeks ago - 28 February 2019 | Labour

The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) has accused Erongo governor Cleophas Mutjavikua of instigating mass retrenchments in the mining sector, after recordings were leaked...

MUN worried about Chinese monopoly

1 month - 07 February 2019 | Labour

The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) is worried about the Chinese monopoly that will be created in Namibia's uranium mining industry if the sale of...

Latest News

Namibians first!

1 day - 22 March 2019 | Business

The Construction Industries Federation (CIF) of Namibia has proposed that bidders with less than 100% ownership by Namibian citizens should be disqualified from bidding for...

2019 ‘to-do’ lists for business...

1 day - 22 March 2019 | Columns

Getting your business off to a great start in a new year requires planning, critical thinking and dedication to executing your strategy.We asked Forbes Coaches...

A fierce corporate climber

1 day - 22 March 2019 | People

Carlota David-Howoses was born and grew up in Rundu.She attended Noordgrens Secondary School in Rundu, then moved over to Etosha Secondary School in Tsumeb and...

We are at a crossroads

1 day - 22 March 2019 | Opinion

I remember when I turned 29. The battle scars were starting to show. There were hard decisions. The hangovers of 'nice times' and the gay...

Pupkewitz Megaboards opens door

1 day - 22 March 2019 | Business

Pupkewitz Megabuild recently opened a new subsidiary, Pupkewitz Megaboards. “Pupkewitz Megabuild continues to expand its product and service offering in line with the Pupkewitz Group’s...

Satrix lists ETFs on local...

1 day - 22 March 2019 | Business

Satrix on Tuesday announced its secondary listing of its global exchange traded funds (ETFs) suite on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX).The listing is the first...

Corruption - A social disease...

1 day - 22 March 2019 | Columns

Johan Coetzee - One of the most popular indices used by investors to provide them with an indication of the level of corruption and governance...

Government pharmaceutical plant on hold

1 day - 22 March 2019 | Health

Government's plan to construct a pharmaceutical plant is on hold until various agreements are reached with private sector partners involved in the project.This is according...

Local content top priority

1 day - 22 March 2019 | Economics

A 'buy local' policy with local content requirements will, in the long run, help smaller businesses to sell goods and services to government.This was the...

Load More