ANC: Reports over MP flouting labour laws are misleading

The Sunday Times says Lumka Yengeni makes her domestic helper work long hours below minimum wage.

African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Lumka Yengeni. Picture: @Lumka_Yengeni via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament says reports that Member of Parliament (MP) Lumka Yengeni has allegedly flouted labour laws are misleading and inaccurate.

Yesterday, the Sunday Times reported that Yengeni breached laws that she oversees by making her domestic helper work long hours below the minimum wage.

Former employee Lucia Dlephu was employed to take care of her boss's mother-in-law who has Alzheimer's and lives in Gugulethu.

A settlement was reached between Yengeni and Dlephu last month.

The ANC's Moloto Mothapo says Yengeni has not been found guilty of violating the law.

"We're satisfied as the ANC that a neutral institution such the CCMA has been able to assist the two parties."

Mothapo says the Sunday Times did not give Yengeni the right of reply.

"Her side of the story has not been sought by the Sunday Times and we wish therefore to state for the record that contrary to allegations contained in the Sunday Times, comrade Yengeni has never been found guilty."

Dlephu filed papers with the CCMA when the MP fired her in February this year - after she had gone home to see her family.