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COSATU Northern Cape condemns the unbecoming behaviour of Mr Frans Wessels and call for the boycott of Lemon Tree restaurant in Kimberley

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Northern Cape is deeply angered by the arrogant and racist behaviour of Frans Wessels ,who is employer representative for the small private employers. We are also angered by the attitude of a lady who calls herself the owner of a restaurant/coffee shop called Lemon Tree in Kimberley.

This owner of Lemon Tree charged and hauled an employee before a disciplinary hearing for being fifteen minutes late ,after a bus she was travelling on was delayed at a stop and Go between Kimberley and Ritchie. The disciplinary hearing was initiated by Frans Wessels ,who is known for dismissing workers for less serious offenses.

The employees of that restaurant refused to represent their fellow employee for the fear of their own jobs ,as the company exploits them extremely. In the absence of a fellow employee the worker opted to represent herself but requested a union official to sit in the hearing as an observer.

It is alleged that Frans Wessels refused to continue with the hearing in the presence of a union official and called him a pig , which is a racist remark. When the union official retaliated he was quick to call the police with the help of the restaurant owner.

As COSATU ,we condemn any form of exploitation of workers and we plan to fight to eradicate the high levels of exploitation, where many workers do not enjoy basic rights such as leave and overtime. We condemn that behaviour and call on anyone who buys at the Lemon Tree to withdraw their buying power until the attitude of exploitation is changed.

We call on particularly the government officials and political leadership of our province to help the workers by putting pressure on the employer to transform and treat the workers with respect and dignity. Our affiliate SACCAWU will in the meantime pursue that case at the CCMA where we know that Frans Wessels will settle after losing as he always does.

Enquiries can be directed to the Provincial Secretary, Anele Gxoyiya @ 082 829 1961

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