SA lockdown: Damning allegations levelled against Umhlanga call centre

SA lockdown: Damning allegations levelled against Umhlanga call centre

A call centre in Umhlanga is under investigation for allegedly flouting COVID-19 lockdown rules.

Nushera Soodyal

About 100 CCI South Africa employees were evacuated from the building on Monday. 

It's after officials from KZN Economic Development received complaints about the conditions they'd been working in - since the outbreak. 

Speaking to Newswatch outside the building, the department's spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya says the decision to remove workers came after they were interviewed by inspectors. 

"We have received complaints from workers saying that they are working under very difficult conditions. What we have done as the department is to ensure that inspectors do their work."

READ: SA lockdown: Workers at Umhlanga call centre evacuated

COSATU's Provincial Secretary, Edwin Mkhize says workers made damning allegations against the company. 

"Workers have been forced to take their leave. They were told that if they stay at home, it would be unpaid leave. Already deductions have been made in the salaries of the workers."

"Over and above that it's a hazard - they have been claiming that they are doing essential services. There is nothing essential about this call centre."  

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