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Domestic worker/nanny, KZN Midlands, South Africa / Image via Wikimedia Commons (Alice Morrison)

Cleaned out: Limpopo domestic worker ‘steals R120 000’ from family!

Law enforcement officials in Limpopo have confirmed they are investigating the alleged theft of R120 000 – by a family’s domestic worker.

Domestic worker average salary

Domestic worker/nanny, KZN Midlands, South Africa / Image via Wikimedia Commons (Alice Morrison)

Police in Limpopo are desperately trying to locate a domestic worker, after she allegedly stole a six-figure sum from a family’s safe before making an immediate getaway.

Clean getaway for Modimolle woman?

Limpopo police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo has confirmed that a case of theft has been opened against the domestic worker. In a statement issued on Thursday, no arrests have been made yet – despite SAPS’ best efforts.

“We can confirm that the police in Modimolle are investigating a case of theft, after a helper allegedly stole some items from the house she was working in and disappeared. The suspect has not yet been arrested and police investigations are continuing,” 

Motlafela Mojapelo

The shock developments have left the Phasha family – who employed the missing fugitive – at a loss. They issued a brief update on the matter yesterday, revealing a number of key details about the case.

  • The suspect has been identified as a Lesotho national.
  • The theft allegedly occurred when the family attended church last weekend.
  • She was recommended to the Phasha household by an employment agency.
  • It’s believed their rogue domestic worker has made off with R120 000 from a safe, along with other valuables.
  • The suspect left an apology note at the scene, and hasn’t been heard from since she fled the scene.

Domestic worker accused of stealing ‘huge amount’ from Limpopo family

For context, the domestic worker has made off with almost 5 000 times more than her hourly rate. Eish!

Minister Thulas Nxesi announced that the minimum wage has been increased from R21.69 in 2021 to R23.19 from 1 March 2022. Domestic and farm workers are entitled to the full NMW. Workers employed on an expanded public workers programme (EPWP) are entitled to a minimum wage of R12.75 per hour (55% of the NMW).