Monday, July 4, 2022

Failure to pay employees’ wages lends businessmen behind bars

Logic Pump company directors, Letsweletse Ramatlapana and Gwisani Kgosiitsile, escaped further imprisonment on Friday as Francistown magistrate, Dumisani Bagopi, granted them bail.

The two accused persons are facing 31 counts of failing to pay wages to three of their employees amounting to over P20 000 from January 2011 to January 2012.

The presiding magistrate last Wednesday ordered the remand of the two, citing concerns over an increase in cases of employers failing to pay their employees. The magistrate had initially held that Ramatlapana and Kgosiitsile would be remanded in custody until the conclusion of their matter.

But seeking bail on their behalf on Friday, their lawyer, Oganeditse Marata, pleaded with the court to grant the accused bail on the grounds that they had already paid the money to the aggrieved employees.

“The accused have since paid the money owed to the employees and the employees have since resumed duty in the same company. If they are kept in custody, their business will collapse and ultimately the employees will also lose employment,” he said.

Marata added that the prosecution was not opposed to the bail application.

Granting the accused bail, Mogabi said that since the prosecution did not oppose their bail application, he would grant them bail on condition that they each pay P1 500 and provide two sureties each in the sum of P500. He also ordered that the two not interfere with state witnesses.

“The accused should also report to the nearest police station every Monday and Friday in a week and they should show up in court when they are required to do so,” he said.

Their next mention date has been set for the 17th of May this year.

Tebogo Mabodisa of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions prosecuted.

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