ANC in Parliament comes out in defence of Lumka Yengeni

Lumka Yengeni has been accused of flouting several labour laws by her former domestic worker.

ANC flags at the party's Mangaung conference. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament has defended its Member of Parliament (MP) Lumka Yengeni who has been accused of flouting labour laws.

The Sunday Times is reporting that Yengeni, who chairs a portfolio committee on labour, is accused of abusing her domestic worker, by making her work long hours with no tea or lunch breaks.

Former worker Lucia Dlephu, employed to take care of Yengeni's mother-in-law, filed papers with the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), and a settlement was reached last month.

The ANC says Yengeni has not been found guilty of mistreating her employees.

The party's Moloto Mothapo says the dispute was resolved amicably through arbitration.

"Contrary to allegations contained in the Sunday Times, comrade Yengeni was not found guilty of any violations of the law or the mistreatment of her employee. There will be no penalty imposed against her."