The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has remained silent on the issue of two female staff members who were allegedly shown the door after initiating a petition against unfair treatment at the party’s headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The two aggrieved workers say they were handed settlement offers on November 15.
Phindile Manganyi, former assistant manager in the office of EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee, told City Press she has taken the party to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), claiming unfair dismissal. She says she, together with a personal assistant who worked in the office of Gardee and EFF leader Julius Malema, were targeted for their role in the petition, saying: “After I asked why they were dismissing me they told me the leadership says they can no longer trust me … So they gave me a settlement offer which I left the premises with, before signing. But my other colleague, who was fired with me, signed on the spot.
I refused because I didn’t understand how I [can] just get dismissed … I mean there was no disciplinary hearing, no notice, just a dismissal on the spot.”Reliable sources have told City Press that they were present when the second woman suffered abuse at the hands of Gardee after a ‘war council’ meeting last year.A senior staff member in the offices of the EFF national executive said the altercation was allegedly initiated by Gardee.
“I was there. I mean I even saw phones flying all over the place. [Gardee] held her arm aggressively and dragged her and started to shout at her, calling her names and saying how useless she is.
What made matters worse, this time, is how this happened in the presence of staff and external visitors.