A clerical error at Bulawayo City Council (BCC) that was not discovered since 1993 saw one Lizwelethu Ncube accumulating a total of 5387 overtime hours Sunday News reports.
The City had to find a way to resolve this anomaly either by paying the overtime hours or letting Mr Ncube go on leave and the city eventually chose the latter.
A report seen by the publication concerning the issue read in part:
Mr Ncube joined BCC on 11 October 1983 as a labourer, he was promoted from labourer on a 44-hour (five-day) working week to clerical assistant on a 39 hours 10 minutes working week with effect from 1 October 1993. He had been working for 44 hours, five days a week from 1 October 1993, to 19 April 2018 when the error was discovered.
The staff member has been obliged to work 44 hours per five-day week as his job was strategic as it entailed the manning of the front office which was pivotal to the various operations. Following his promotion there was an omission of aligning his working hours resulting in the member of staff working overtime of 4 hours 50 minutes per week from 1 October 1993 to 19 April 2018.
The city only exhaled when they discovered that Mr Ncube was in a grade that cannot be compensated for overtime, hence their decision to give him 1000+ days leave.
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