domestic worker

Domestic worker wins battle to upgrade her dwelling

A Stellenbosch domestic worker will be allowed to upgrade her quarters at her own expense after a long battle with the farm owners she worked for was concluded in the Constitutional Court on Thursday. The unusual case of domestic worker Yolanda Daniels began in January 2014 when a door was[…]

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Employer saves domestic worker’s breech baby

Domestic worker Colleen Arends never thought she’d end up giving birth to her baby girl on the floor of her employer’s Sunningdale home. The 36-year-old Kraaifontein resident had visited the bathroom a few times on Monday morning before she spotted blood. “I was not expecting to go into labour. I[…]

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Abuse of domestic workers rife in community

Cases of domestic worker abuse are reportedly on the rise in Cape Town, with recent media reports noting at least 20 such instances in the Athlone area alone. General Secretary of the South African Domestic and Allied Workers Union, Myrtle Witbooi, said instances of abuse were an ongoing trend in[…]

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CT race case sentencing continues

The sentencing of a Cape Town salesman who called his ex-girlfriend’s domestic worker a “kaffir” is expected to begin in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. In November Andre van Deventer was convicted of assault and crimen injuria, after an argument with 50-year-old Gloria Kente in 2013. Kente previously[…]

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Domestic worker wage welcomed

The decision to increase domestic workers’ annual wages, in line with the new minimum wage, showed the ANC’s commitment to improve the lives of lowly paid workers, the party said on Tuesday. “The challenge facing low income workers is the pressure of coping with the ever-increasing cost of living,” African[…]

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Domestic worker racial abuse case resumes

The trial of a man, who allegedly assaulted and racially insulted his girlfriend’s domestic worker, will resume in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. Andre van Deventer faces charges of common assault and crimen injuria. During a previous appearance, the court heard that the domestic worker, Gloria Kente, 50, had[…]

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