Labour Opens Criminal Case Against Doctor

THE Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has opened criminal charges against a prominent Windhoek clinical psychologist Ockert ‘Ocky’ Jooste for not paying his workers and for dishonesty.

The director of labour services in the ministry, Felix Musukubili, confirmed the criminal charges laid against Jooste, who owns rehabilitation centres called My Wellness 247 – in Swakopmund and Usakos.

“He is a very difficult employer. He is not honest with us and his employees. We gave him a deadline to pay and talk to his employees. He changed his numbers and we cannot get hold of him. As a result, we opened a criminal case against him,” Musukubili said.

The workers at Usakos told The Namibian that the centre is closed because they have not been paid.

“This place has been closed for a month now. All the patients are referred to Swakopmund. The doctor has not paid us since April. We decided also not to come to work after not receiving pay for four months. When we call and ask him about our pay, he says he is waiting for the medical aid funds to pay and we can do whatever we want if we cannot wait,” one of the workers, who declined to be named, said.

Another worker, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said she was very disappointed and unhappy with Jooste because of his false promises.

“I gave this rehabilitation centre all I have and had been understanding when Jooste told us to wait. But now since April, it is just too much. He blames the medical aid funds. But word from the Ministry of Labour is that this is not true. I mean, he is making N$22 000 per patient for two weeks and the centre takes in 23 patients every two weeks. All we want, is our money,” she said.

Jooste admitted that there are payment issues but said he will sort them out by the end of this week.

“We are currently having delays from different medical aid funds. We will sort this matter out at the end of the week. The Usakos rehabilitation centre is not closed. We close three times a year for two to three weeks just to take a break,” Jooste said.

Source : The Namibian