Hugh Paxton’s Blog has employed many Namibians and has heard many excuses for stealing all my stuff, crashing my cars, not coming to work and asking for money. Only two desperate appeals for money involved witches and zombies and in both cases I paid to help and calm the agitated individuals involved.
I’m afraid that this court ruling may increase this sort of thing.
It reads like a joke but for an employer in southern Africa it isn’t. And for would-be employees it’s profoundly negative.
People (like me) won’t hire people if they look as if they’ve got lawyers and witchdoctors in mind. No point. Just headaches, bullshine and nonsense.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: This is a dumb decision. Dog ate my homework. Witch gave me a day off.
I can see why the RSA cops opened fire on the peacefully protesting mine workers who were waving spears and pangas at them and yelling “Kill!”.
South Africa needs to sort itself out! .
SA labour court okays sangoma’s ‘sick note’
JOHANNESBURG – A labour appeals court in South Africa has validated a “medical certificate” written by a traditional healer, the Sunday Times reported.
After being denied unpaid leave by her Pretoria employer in 2007, Johanna Mmoledi had produced a note from a traditional healer stating somewhat cryptically that she had been “diagnosed with a premonitions of ancestors”.
According to court proceedings, she left her job for a month to follow a course by a sangoma – or traditional healer – who helped her appease the “wrath of her ancestors”.
The appeals court ruled that her dismissal was “substantively unfair” and argued that South Africa was a multi-cultural society where traditional forms of healing should be recognised.
“Companies cannot only accept certificates from medical doctors when we live in a diversified society,” Black Business Council president Ndaba Ntsele said, reacting to the ruling.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, labour law expert Tony Healy however voiced surprise that the certificate was validated when South Africa has no legal framework for sangomas’ activities.