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MP KGATHI ACCUSED OF INHUMANE TREATMENT OF WORKERS

LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: Gabanamolelo and Maphakela

LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: Gabanamolelo and Maphakela

If MP Shaw Kgathi believes in the Vision 2016 principals of a ‘just and caring nation,’ it wasn’t evident in the cruel and inhumane treatment he meted out to a group of prospective employees.

Two men from Bobonong have told of how they were shocked at the bizarre behaviour of the man who this week was removed as the Minister of Sport, Youth and Culture.

In an interview the traumatised men, Oteng Gabanamolelo, 26, and Basimane Maphakela, 29, told how what started as a job offer at Kgathi’s farm in Xamasane turned into a life threatening experience for them and four other men.

With a puzzled look on his face Gabanamolelo starts his story by saying: “That was the strangest behaviour we have seen from anyone, let alone someone who is supposed to be a Minister.”

Gabanamolelo claims that Kgathi was recruited with the other men from Bobonong and offered a bush-clearing job at the MP’s farm, 135 kilometres from Mahalapye.

Hungry and thirsty at the farm he offered them food from his tuck shop at P85 per plate, and told the men that buying food from the shop was part of the terms of service.

Employment negotiations however collapsed when the men turned down the food offer.

They argued that it wouldn’t make sense to pay for their own food, let alone at that cost as if it was a meal from a hotel, since they would be working just to buy food.

“When we asked him to give us a ride to a place where we could at least catch a bus back home, he became militant and summoned a team of four strong men to his kraal.

“The men could have passed for bouncers or body guards.”

HEARTLESS: Kgathi

HEARTLESS: Kgathi

Gabanamolelo went on to explain how Kgathi and the ‘bodyguards’ then held a discussion in hushed tones a distance away from the group.

“When they came back from their meeting Kgathi fetched a rifle from his car and started cleaning it whilst staring at us as if to intimidate us.”

This went on for some time until the agitated MP allegedly ordered the six men to leave immediately.

“We begged him to at least drop us at Mahalapye, but instead he drove deep in the bush and ordered us out of his car in torrential rain. We had to walk about 52 kilometres on a pitch black night and in the rain to reach the nearest village,”

Taking up the story his colleague, Maphakela related: “It was a matter of life and death.

We walked in pairs as we feared for our lives because the area is infested with dangerous wild animals.

And up to now we wonder what the minister’s intentions were.

Maybe he wanted us to be killed by wild animals or maybe he had other motives.

We probably will never know. “There was nothing we could do since we feared those hefty men he was with.

They looked dangerous. It was like they were ready to kill us should we do anything to anger them.”

However, none of the six men have pressed charges against Kgathi to the police or village elders because they were convinced with his status it would be a waste of time.

“What is strange though is that the man keeps phoning some of us although we have told him to stop harassing us.

We consider ourselves lucky to have survived that ordeal at the hands of the minister,” Maphakela said.

Reached for comment Kgathi said: “I am giving you the green light to write whatever you want to write about me. That is my comment.”

 


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22 Responses to “MINISTER OF CRUELTY”

  1. cheerful 2014/04/07

    “Hungry and thirsty at the farm he offered them food from his tuck shop at P85 per plate, and told the men that buying food from the shop was part of the terms of service.”

    IF THIS IS TRUE THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND OUT OF ORDER IN SOME COUNTRIES IT IS CALLED OF MODERN SLAVERY AND SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED FURTHER AND PREVENT OTHERS FROM DOING THIS IF THIS HAPPENED TO SOMEONE ELSE POSSIBLY NOT A LOCAL ALL HELL WOULD BREAK LOOSE

  2. cheerful 2014/04/07

    ” bizarre behaviour of the man who this week was removed as the Minister of Sport, Youth and Culture.”
    Possibly he is passing his anger and frustration of being removed from his job on to the workers which again is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE

  3. cheerful 2014/04/07

    “Employment negotiations however collapsed when the men turned down the food offer.”
    ARROGANCE AND INHUMAN OF THE FIRST DEGREE

  4. cheerful 2014/04/07

    The food from the Tuck Shop should have been served FREE TO THE PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES

    ” he offered them food from his tuck shop at P85 per plate, and told the men that buying food from the shop was part of the terms of service.” is the terms of service in black and white on paper????? produce it

  5. cheerful 2014/04/07

    Probably also taking BIG ADVANTAGE OF THE WORKERS because they lack literacy skills there should be an organisation to look into this

  6. bagomotsi 2014/04/07

    Half chicken & chips,lemon & herb at Nandos ga e rekwe P85.ele gore tuck shop ya ga Sir e rekisa dijo mang?

  7. 1977 2014/04/08

    The minister could be running a bigger project than a tuck shop, that is why he is so hungry for riches. the tuck shop is for us,not a ,minister. Real men rear lions.

  8. cheerful 2014/04/08

    ““We begged him to at least drop us at Mahalapye, but instead he drove deep in the bush and ordered us out of his car in torrential rain. We had to walk about 52 kilometres on a pitch black night and in the rain to reach the nearest village,” WHAT SORT OF PERSON WOULD DO THIS ONLY A HEARTLESS CRUEL PERSON

    IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT SORT OF PROJECT ONE RUNS THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE TREATMENT OF EMPLOYEES

  9. cheerful 2014/04/08

    “What is strange though is that the man keeps phoning some of us although we have told him to stop harassing us.”
    PROBABLY TRYING TO COVER UP HIS TRACKS AS THE WORD WILL GET OUT ABOUT WHAT HE HAS DONE!
    MINISTER OF CRUELTY VS MINISTER OF VISION 2016????

  10. cheerful 2014/04/08

    Steve Mcqueen director of 12 years a Slave dedicated his oscar for the film to the people who still suffer slavery today

  11. cheerful 2014/04/08

    NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT SENSES WILL INTERVIEW AND TREAT PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES IN THIS MANNER – GET IT THE PERSON IS JUST A ……. ARROGANT AND EVIL PERSON AND NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED

  12. cheerful 2014/04/08

    Correct me if i am wrong is this the same person that did not allow a coach to travel with a famous athelete abroad for some international games sometime back?????

  13. cheerful 2014/04/08

    there are even no laws for human trafficking so it seems there are no laws to protect workers like these from employees trying to use cheap labour and cheat them

  14. cheerful 2014/04/08

    correction :-
    “there are even no laws for human trafficking so it seems there are no laws to protect workers like these from employers trying to use cheap labour and cheat them SIC

  15. cheerful 2014/04/09

    MINISTER OF CRUELTY VS. MINISTER OF VISION 2016 AND MINISTER OF ERADICATING POVERTY ??????

  16. Mr Pogiso 2014/04/13

    Thats to bad for a leader, he is So heartless, At least bana ba modimo gaba jwa ke ditau. Its a shame, u will never get my vote

  17. BonangM 2014/04/14

    This is cruelty to human beings, he should face the arm of law, human-rights lawyers must be engaged in this matter.

    The boss of Shaw Kgathi must be informed to reprimand and discipline his junior.

    The masses of Bobirwa must punish Shaw Kgathi political party at the coming General elections. This will ensure that BDP leaders learn that people and voters are more senior than “ntlhopheng”.

  18. cheerful 2014/04/14

    JUST ARROGANT BIGHEADED AND UNPROFESSIONAL UNTOWARD OTHERS LOVE ADEALING WITH THIS KIND OF PERSON!!!

  19. cheerful 2014/04/14

    There is no mention of how much the prospective employees would earn and they probobably have mouths to feed at home???
    Clearing a bush is not easy work perhaps the employer should give it a go himself and see if he can do it????

  20. cheerful 2014/04/14

    “The boss of Shaw Kgathi must be informed to reprimand and discipline his junior” DREAM ON!

    The employer probably needs some tuition on how to treat people!!

  21. some people are becoming monsters for the love of money

  22. cheerful 2014/04/23

    “We walked in pairs as we feared for our lives because the area is infested with dangerous wild animals” HE DID NOT GIVE A DAMN IF THE PROSPECTIE EMPLOYEES WERE ATTACHED BY THE WILD ANIMALS TOO STUCK UP FOR NOTHING EVEN TO OFFER THEM A LIFT SHAME SHAME SHAME

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