It hasn’t been a month since his last controversy that saw him and co-host Pearl Thusi get suspended from their show ‘The Real Phat Joe’ on Metro FM by the South African Broadcasting Corporation after listeners complained that the duo allegedly threw shades on a daily basis to their colleague Bonang Matheba and rapper AKA on the show.
According to Sowetan, Phat Joe landed in hot water after allegedly firing his domestic worker via SMS, the host has since been reported to the CCMA for unfair labour practices.
Domestic worker Nontembiso Vumazonke last month reported the DJ to her union, the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers’ Union (Sadsawu). The union plans to report Phat Joe to the CCMA and the Department of Labour after he failed to take their calls and emails.
“The celebrity entertainer and radio personality known as Phat Joe is better known to Sadsawu as Runaway Joe as he refused to speak to the union to answer to the charges of unfair dismissal of his domestic worker of five years‚” the union said in a statement.
“Vumazonke has worked for Phat Joe for three day per week since July 2011. This unregistered worker was effectively ‘dismissed’ via SMS. When she tried to contact the employer after her leave period‚ he would not answer the phone.”
According to the union‚ when Vumazonke went to Phat Joe’s home‚ she found he had already employed someone else in her place.