In a statement released by Topbet which is a women-run and owned business said it considers women’s rights and valued its employees’ Constitutional Rights to privacy, dignity, freedom and security, and bodily and psychological integrity of paramount importance.
“Topbet unreservedly apologises to all its employees, particularly the women for the incident that took place at its Germiston branch on January 30 2018, where the rights of our women employees were violated. It should have never happened. We are taking all possible measure to make certain that something like this never happens again.
One of our core values is to create a safe and happy working environment for all of our staff, most of whom are women. We have been devastated to learn of the incident that occurred at our Germiston branch and wish to address some of the allegations in the media in the statement that follows:
It came to our attention last month that a “search” had been conducted on our female staff at our Germiston branch (“the incident”).
Investigations revealed that this inhumane and degrading incident was conducted by our female onsite cleaners acting on the instruction of one of our female branch managers, without the knowledge or authorisation of Topbet management.
The investigation revealed that the “search” was not conducted on pregnant and older employees.
An investigation is being conducted by labour lawyers Lee Wrench Attorneys, who have already produced a preliminary report and once the investigation is completed, it recommendations will be implemented without fear or favour.
Thus far the investigation has revealed that the “search” was not conducted on pregnant and elderly employees.
Following the investigation, a decision was taken to immediately suspend the branch manager responsible. Before this could be done, the manager had been arrested on charges of rape brought by the same senior employee who reported the incident.
Ten days after this, we discovered that a second rape charge had been laid by the same senior employee against one of the cleaning staff involved in the incident.
The branch manager responsible for initiating the search has subsequently been dismissed with immediate effect.
We are extremely grateful to the senior employee for bringing this traumatic event to our attention
Going forward we will be taking the following steps, to better protect and empower our staff, and to ensure that such incidents never occur in our company ever again: We are offering trauma counselling for all staff at the branch. We will be strengthening our branch-level Human Resource representation in order to empower our staff members on all levels to voice any concerns at any stage and offer greater protection and anonymity to whistle-blowers.
We will be conducting management training to better equip our managers to deal with such situations and also empower our junior staff members.
Investigations revealed that this inhumane and degrading incident was conducted by our female onsite cleaners acting on the instruction of our then female branch manager, without the knowledge or authorisation of Topbet management.
Thus far the investigation has revealed that the “search” was not conducted on pregnant, elderly employees and those who objected to the search.
We are extremely grateful to the senior employee for bringing this traumatic event to our attention.