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    Overtime scandal costs Tongaat thousands of dollars




    MORRIS BISHI/
    MELODY MUPEMHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI
    – An overtime scam that has allegedly been running from 2013 up to now could have cost Tongaat Hulett thousands of dollars, according to emerging facts.
    The scam which involved payroll clerks allegedly saw hundreds of workers being paid either non-existent or exaggerated overtime. Workers were also paid unauthorised allowances and the payroll clerks would then share the spoils with the workers, according to sources.
    The scam came to light last week after a company undercover security detail busted the ring when he was paid $700 for three months using the fake claims. Six payroll clerks are being investigated and one of them has since appeared at Chiredzi Magistrate`s Court facing 26 counts of fraud. The actual figures of the money lost by the company are not clear as investigations are still on-going.
    Eriah Majoni (34) of Rufaro who was employed as a Payroll Clerk by Tongaat Hullet at its Triangle unit appeared before Chiredzi Magistrate Constance Mutandwa on Saturday being charged for fraud. Appearing for the State, Rejoice Silwangani told the court that on 26 occasions and between September 2015 and February 2016 Majoni prejudiced his employer Tongaat Hullet by making misrepresentations as payment office and paid out acting allowances or overtime which the beneficiaries did not work for. He will then follow the beneficiaries to reclaim that money. On count 24 of the charge sheet and at the end on February 2016 Majoni paid Tawanda Gumbonzvanda $166 as acting allowance which he did not do. He then phoned Gumbonzvanda after he received the money to bring it to him. Gumbonzvanda went to withdraw the money and he gave it to him at Triangle Irrigation offices gate and he gave nothing to Gumbonzvanda as token. The State further alleges that he did the same to other people with various figures prejudicing the company.
    Majoni who was represented by Prince Ganyani of Ganyani Law Chambers was remanded out of custody and will again appear before the same court on April 15, 2016.local news

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