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Mduduzi Manana: The boss from hell

13 August 2017 8:21 AM
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Former staff detail Manana's long history of tantrums and abuse

But former employees in the flamboyant deputy minister's office describe a long history of aggression and gross abuse of his staff. The temper tantrums, blackmail and blatant abuse stretch back at least five years.

One former secretary told the Sunday Times that her boss showed his nasty side from day one, in 2015. "The very first day one started, a form of abuse was displayed," she said.

She said Manana would call her at 2am, swearing and threatening to fire her. When in a rage he would also throw his cellphone and diary at her. "He made me fly with my own money from Cape Town to Johannesburg and back to fetch a mobile printer."

Once, as punishment for a botched booking, he left the secretary to sit outside Manana's flat in winter in Cape Town from midnight to 2am.

She claimed employees were made to clean his home and entertain his friends when he hosted parties at the weekend.

The former secretary said he once made the entire team work right through the night until 6am just to prove who was in charge.

He verbally abused his staff, calling them iinkunkuma azichole estratweni - rubbish he picked up from the street.

The secretary claimed when a colleague had a miscarriage Manana said he would not sympathise with her as she was "not loyal".

"The man did not respect anyone as a human being. He took us as things that were there to do what he wanted. He does not follow any policies and runs the office as if it's a farm."

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