CCMA rules in Phat Joe’s favour over domestic worker case
Controversial radio personality Majota Khambule‚ popularly known as Phat Joe‚ has won a Commission for Conciliation‚ Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) case filed against him by his former domestic worker‚ after the worker’s application against him was dismissed by the CCMA. The court found that the DJ’s dismissal of his ex-domestic worker‚ Nontembiso Vumazonke‚ was “fair” and dismissed the case. Talking to TMG Entertainment on Friday morning‚ Phat Joe said he was relieved to finally have the matter behind him. “It’s just a relief. The matter became a serious PR and smear campaign that threatened to overshadow everything but I followed the rules and it’s finally good to have relief‚” he said. Joe says that he feels the smear campaign against him was brought forward by the SA Domestic Service and Allied Workers’ Union (Sadsawu) and that the body had used his dispute with his domestic worker to gain support for their movement.“The union took advantage of her (Nontembiso) to drum up support. They used her and our situation as a rallying cry‚” he said.“I had a great relationship with her (Nontembiso). I even offered to help her find work but after the smear campaign against me it has become difficult to speak to her.”Joe was taken to the CCMA in February for unfair labour practice‚ after he allegedly dismissed his long-time domestic worker via SMS and refused to take her calls.