22 May 2020
Dear valued clients
Statement pertaining to the false and defamatory allegations referring to Ncedisa Assignments
- Ncedisa Assignments is aware that certain allegations have been made on various social media platforms, including via WhatsApp, that Ncedisa Assignments is transporting its workers to clients in breach of Regulation 4(7) of the Regulations under section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002: Measures to Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Public Transport Services published on or about 1 May 2020 (“the lockdown regulations”). In particular, allegations have been made that Ncedisa Assignments is transporting more workers than permitted under the lockdown regulations and that these workers are unscreened and / or untested.
- These allegations are entirely false and defamatory and have caused harm to both Ncedisa Assignments and its workers. Ncedisa Assignments has obtained legal advice pertaining to these allegations and has taken the necessary legal steps to protect the rights and interests of the company and its workers. You will appreciate that these allegations are not only harmful to Ncedisa Assignments but also to the livelihoods of workers who were not able to perform their duties due to these allegations and, as a result, were not able to earn an income.
- Ncedisa Assignments has, at all material times, complied with the lockdown regulations to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We take our responsibility in this regard very seriously and have taken all steps to protect our workers during this unprecedented time. We would like to assure you that we shall continue to take these steps for as long as they remain necessary.
- If you have any questions in relation to the above, please contact Mkhonto Mntwini on 082 410 87 41.