‘ve personally heard domestic workers gossip about their employers, some to an extent that they become sources to the media, knowingly and unknowingly so. What can one learn from Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa firing her helper, Mpho Koetsi for allegedly gossiping about her to her mother-in-law and ex-husband to be, Black Coffee, writes Buchule Raba?
Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa’s former domestic worker Mpho Koetsi (40) has described her as an ‘evil and heartless boss’ who is hard to work for after she was shown the door for gossiping about her a week ago.
Breaking certain rules in the workplace – whether written or unwritten may get you fired. One must always resist the temptation to gossip about their employer or fellow employees and do not express your disdain for your supervisor or manager to others – if you have a problem with them, well, approach them and address the problem.
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So if Mpho Koetsi indeed there’s plausible evidence that she spoke ill of Mbali Mlotshwa, she might as well as kiss her claim of R100 000 goodbye. First of all, she was employed by people that hold very high public status. Second of all, who knows what else she said about their private affairs elsewhere? If now she comes and claims that Mbali is an evil and heartless person who is hard to work for. Why did she stay and work for such an evil person? Can she really prove that her ex-employer is evil and heartless?
Gossip galore is one thing that certainly finds many people in trouble – both in and out of the workplace. We all know that most of us have a very hard time not sharing juicy bits of information about our bosses, especially if they’re celebrities. But, does Mbali have evidence enough to support her claim and justify that the dismissal was a fair one? We are yet to establish that.
Mpho Koetsi and all of us are well aware that there’s a massive divorce brewing at the courts. Now, will Mpho secure Black Coffee and his mother to dispute the allegations that she spoke ill of Mbali? Will they vouch for her and say she has never spoken ill of her to them?
Some types of gossip can be vindictive and may be spread intentionally spread to tarnish someone’s reputation. In this particular case, the gossip was done within the family until we’ve recently learned about it on the news.
The results are simple if Mpho Koetsi did gossip and Mbali has evidence to support that what Mpho did warrants for a dismissal, well, she was within her rights as an employer to dismiss such a person, especially for the protection of her private information and children. The gossiper should always be terminated because the act is a form of bullying.
Another element that she has added is that Mbali as the employer has lost trust in her now. Going to the media to claim that someone is evil and heartless is like bad-mouthing your boss. This is defamation of character, which without proof Mbali can look into it legally and sue Mpho accordingly.
If you don’t like your “evil and heartless” boss, you probably shouldn’t go around advertising that fact. Spreading gossip about anyone is bad enough, but when it’s about your boss, it can have an even more detrimental effect on your relationship with your employer.
You must always consider the fact that your employer has the ability to make your work life a lot more difficult, perhaps even terminating your employment contract. It’s always a very bad idea to alienate someone who is in a position of power.
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