FOR the past six years, employees at an Mpumalanga supermarket were paying union fees to a conman!

Fifteen workers from a supermarket in Mpumalanga claim they paid a monthly fee of R190 to a bogus union. Photo by Bongani Mthimunye ~
Fifteen workers from a supermarket in Mpumalanga claim they paid a monthly fee of R190 to a bogus union. Photo by Bongani Mthimunye ~

The workers did not even suspect the union and its representative were bogus.

The workers from Keystone Supermarket in KwaMhlanga only realised they might have been duped when they asked the man to represent them at wage negotiations.

The man, who had been pocketing R190 a month from the 15 employees, suddenly had thousands of reasons why he could not make it to the meeting.

Victor Manhongo said the man came to their store in 2011 and introduced himself as Kodisang Bokaba from a union called Cosawa.

“He had such a sweet tongue and convinced us to sign up at R190 per month.

“The union fee was deducted from our pay.”

Since 2011, the man has pocketed a whopping R205 200 from the 15 workers.

The workers became suspicious last year when they wanted him to negotiate with their employer for a salary increase.

Stanley Jiyane said the man kept telling them he was either in court, attending classes at university or busy with other cases.

He said: “We then asked him for directions to his offices in Pretoria. We drove for the whole day but we could not find his office.

“When we attempted to call him his cellphone was off and it has been off ever since.”

Daily Sun called the man, who denied knowing the workers and refused to meet with the SunTeam.

Police spokesman Brigadier Selvy Mohlala advised the workers to open cases of fraud against the man.



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