IN THE LABOUR COURT OF LESOTHO
HELD AT MASERU LC/51/2012
IN THE MATTER BETWEEN
MATSEPO MOHALE 1st APPLICANT
MPHO LETOOANE 2nd APPLICANT
‘MAMOLLELOA MPATI 3rd APPLICANT
‘MATUMELISO THAKHOLI 4th APPLICANT
SENATE LEROTHOLI 5th APPLICANT
‘MAMOTHETSI KHATI 6th APPLICANT
‘MAPOLO MANKA 7th APPLICANT
‘MASEMENYANE SEMENYANE 8th APPLICANT
‘MASAENE PHETHOANE 9th APPLICANT
‘MALEFU LATELA 10th APPLICANT
‘MAKHAHLISO MOKOTJO 11th APPLICANT
KAO TOFOSA 12th APPLICANT
NTHABISENG MONKHE 13th APPLICANT
TZICC CLOTHING MANUFACTURER
(PTY) LTD RESPONDENT
Claims for discrimination in employment. Respondent failing to attend hearing. Court proceedings on the basis of the unchallenged evidence of Applicants. Court finding in favour of Applicants and directing Respondent to make payment to Respondents in terms of section 202(2) of the Labour Code Order 24 of 1992. No order as to costs being made.
BACKGROUND OF THE DISPUTE
These are claims for discrimination in terms of section 196 (2) of the Labour code Order 24 of 1992. The brief background of the matter is that Applicants had referred claims for discrimination with the DDPR. The matter was duly conciliated upon and conciliation having failed the claims were referred to this Court. In the period between the 6th and 20th June 2013, the matter was heard and finalised, and judgment later issued. In terms of the said judgment, the Applicants claims were dismissed. It had been the finding of the Court that, whereas Applicants had referred claims for discrimination in terms of section 196(2), they had failed to establish a case for discrimination as contemplated by the same section.
Dissatisfied with this finding Applicants appealed before the Labour Appeal Court where the decision of this Court was set aside and substituted with a finding that Applicants had made a case for discrimination. The Court had gone further to say that even if Applicants had failed to establish a case for discrimination in terms of section 196(2) of the Labour Code Order (supra), there was nonetheless a clear case for discrimination in terms of section 196(1)(b). The Court then found that there had been discrimination in terms of the latter section and remitted the matter before this Court for determination of the appropriate remedy. It is on the premise of the above finding of the Labour Appeal Court that the matter is before Us again.
At the commencement of the proceedings, Applicants asked the Court to consider their evidence on record, to determine the appropriate remedy in terms of section 202(2) of the Labour Code Order (supra). They argued that the will lead the same evidence as that which is on record and that they feel that it would be unnecessary to burden the Court by requiring it to rehear the evidence that it has already heard. Respondent was not in attendance and the Applicant’s submission was not opposed. We therefore accepted the suggested approach. Having considered the Applicant’s evidence on record, Our judgment follows.
EVIDENCE ON RECORD
Applicants had testified that had they not been discriminated against, they would have worked eight (8) weekly rest days and overtime of eight (8) hours on Saturdays and Sundays for the entire period in issue. They had also testified that they earned M980.00 per month for working 8 hours per day. They further testified that period of discrimination ran from the 11th August 2012 to the 9th September 2012. They each claimed M963.52 in overtime and weekly rest days in terms of section 202(2)(b) of the Labour Code Order (supra).
In the period between the 11th August 2012 and 9th September 2012, there are 10 weekly rest days. In these 10 weekly rest days, if Applicants would have worked 8 overtime hours, they would have been entitled to 80 overtime hours. The evidence of Applicants remains unchallenged to date. It is trite law that what is not challenged is taken to have been admitted (see Theko v Commissioner of Police and Another 1991-1992 LLR-LB 239 at 242). We therefore find in favour of Applicants. Our formulation of their award follows.
FORMULATION OF AWARD
Weekly rest days calculation
Monthly salary X hours of work X number of weekly rest days
M980.00 X 8 hours X 10 days
Monthly salary X overtime X quarterly rate
M980.00 X 80 hours X 1.25
Total awarded amounts for each Applicant are M904.61(M402.05+M502.56), per the above calculations.
We therefore make an award as follows:
That each Applicant be paid M904.61 each.
The said amount be paid within 30 days of issuance herewith.
No order as to costs.
THUS DONE AND DATED AT MASERU ON THIS 11th DAY OF MAY, 2015.
T C RAMOSEME
DEPUTY PRESIDENT (a.i.)
LABOUR COURT OF LESOTHO
MRS. THAKALEKOALA I CONCUR
MRS. MOSEHLE I CONCUR
FOR APPLICANTS: ADV. RAMPAI
FOR RESPONDENT: NO ATTENDANCE
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