Horse Shoe Restaurant Drama continues, now workers defend the Minister of Labour

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The drama at the now infamous Horse Shoe Restaurant has continued to unfold as the saga has taken a new twist as some workers from the restaurant have told MUVI TV that there are no human rights violations at the restaurant.

MUVI TV reports that the workers who stormed the station came to the defence of the embattled Minister of Labour Joyce Nonde Simukoko who has been at a receiving end of criticism and condemnation from members of the public, including members of the her Party PF, for instructing the police to arrest the whistle blower who brought the violations to the attention of the public.

Last week the HRC publicised a report carried at the restaurant where it indicated that there was wide spread human rights violations by the owners of the restaurant which the workers seem to be refuting in the video footage.

Below is the story as reported by MUVI TV.

THE ‘Horse Shoe’ saga in a new twist, as workers come to the defence of Hon. Joyce Nonde Simukoko, Minister of Labour.

This surely a slap in the face for those that have come to the defence of the workers especially the Human Rights Commission(HRC).

Accordingly, the affected workers stormed MUVI TV studios in Lusaka to speak out on the matter.

The workers have termed the Human Rights Commission findings of abuse of their rights by the Restaurant management as untrue.

They say there is no abuse of workers at the restaurant as highlighted by Hon.Joyce Nonde Simukoko

Source: Ask Muvi TV

73 COMMENTS

  1. +30
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    Workers are being used now. I doubt the workers are being sincere, I think this needs more investigation than ever before.

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      Case closed. No racism

      Joyce was right. I have been vindicated once more that I remain the seeker of truth and justice.

      Thanks

      BB2014

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      The restaurant owners are getting desparate after the racist episode. Using uneducated desparate workers will not help. Horse Shoe is a racist restaurant. Don’t support their business by going there. Boycott this foolish restaurant; let them close and leave.

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      @Nostradamus,
      Zambians love poverty and being abused!! Imagine people in New York are fighting those people to at least have one meal and they are refusing

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      Very unprofessional reporting by MUVI TV, really appalling and utterly shambolic…30 years on we still not employing any investigative journalism whatsoever..what happened to that pool of ZNBC reporters that were being sent abroad for Media and Broadcasting studies were has that talent evaporated to?

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      There is nothing racist in one saying : *F**k you, you rat, rotten eggs and I.D.O.I.T.
      I am glad workers have confirmed this. Those who thought the above insults are racists, are just lazy personel without initiative, they are those who wait to be told what to do next. If they did their work well, no one would be insulting them. Abash with your complexes thinking a black man is inferior, get out of that whole.

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      One blogger on this thread reminds me of the male member of staff in this video who points to his colleagues and asks the reporter where this racist was…really sad!!

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      Racism is a serious matter, a dedicated racist won’t even do business in Zambia.
      Verbal abuse by a white Man is not necessarily racism, it’s just a bad way to communicate with employees.
      I live among and work with white folks and have not experienced a case of racism. They will try to undermine me but I usually stand up for what’s mine and they respect me for that.
      I have suffered worse from fellow Zambians who want to pull me down and spread lies about me.
      Vulgar language is unfortunately a norm among many white peoples culture, even worse with African American. Most often they ask me why I never use curse words and my response is “only thugs” do so where I come from.
      I think horse shoe management needs to learn and respect our culture, also Zambians need to learn other…

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      The workers know who puts food on there tables, The Horse Shoe. This drama is not good for business, less business, not many shifts, less pay. People always assume food business is easy, but margins are slim. You have to tighten the spend, shout at some point and kick ass.

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      DON’T BE LAZY- WORK. ASKING YOU TO WORK HARDER ISN’T RACISM. MOST OF YOU ZAMBIANS ARE TOO LAZY. NO WONDER ZAMBIA TAKES FOREVER TO DEVELOP EVEN IN THE LAND OF EVERYTHING NEEDED FOR A COUNTRY TO DEVELOP. DON’T JUST GO TO YOUR PLACE OF WORK TO HAVE YOUR TIME SHEET SIGNED OFF. GO TO YOUR PLACE OF WORK AND BE PRODUCTIVE. EVERY CORPORATE MANAGEMENT WANT TO MAXIMISE PROFITS AND THEY CAN ONLY ACHIEVE THIS BY YOU AS A WORKER EXCEEDING.

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      That’s the result of politicizing the media. The only independent “The Post” which used to “di deeper” has been forced into Receivership. Nothin will ever be the same in Zambia aain.

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      Why not boycott patronizing the restaurant and see how the fools will abuse themselves with lack of business and the stupid workers will be getting paid in 000000000000 denomination for no work at all at all.

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      HAVE ANY OF YOU BLOGGERS EVEN BEEN TO THIS RESTAURANT!!! Typical Zambian mentality someone just has to cry wolf and we all believe!!

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    These workers are just afraid of losing their jobs if the restaurant is closed. They have been instructed to do that and not out of their own. Again the minister might have organised them in order to defend her position.

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      “Again the minister might have organised them in order to defend her position”. I totally agree with you on that

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      Can they rely on Lungu to provide the ONE MILLION JOBS he has promised?

      The fact is that even a poor job is better than nothing!

      And it looks like making more jobs is beyond the capabilities the drunkard international tourist in State House.

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      There is no honor in poverty people should learn that simple analysis period. I also agree that vulgar language is not equal to racism. I suspect the HRC picked vulgar language and swearing by the owners of the restaurant as being abuse of human rights. That’s there cultural way of communicating when a worker or their friend annoys them and it is not equal to racism. I have also had a chance of working with such white, Indians and coloureds and that’s there language and culture. The challenge I have seen in Zambia is that we massage laziness and hide in culture. Workers need to be alert to the culture dictates of their employers and learn their ways of doing business and align them to the Zambian labour laws. I remember even that Zimbabwean guy for SPAR saying some Zambians take long to…

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    ITS A DOG EAT DOG WORLD WHEREVER POVERTY REIGNS SUPREME!!
    What I would now recommend is Government allows Horseshoe Restaurant to run their establishment as they please, & tell them NOBODY WILL WASTE TIME INVESTIGATING THEM ANYMORE, so they can now treat their workers however they please.
    Moral of the story is, THE BLACK AFRICAN IS HIS OWN WORST ENEMY!!!

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    Oh come on, don’t be so desperate. Are the workers suggesting that the entire Human Rights Commission cooked up a fake report?

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    Nothing makes sense here. The workers are used to being abused. Let’s boycott the restaurant so that it closes. No one from the workers seems to be sincere for them to be assisted.

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    Which worker would state otherwise….even in UK workers hide their faces and voice if they are complainig about their employer on camera!

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    What kind of slave mentality is this? So these fools are okey being abused right there in Zambia because they want to keep their low paying jobs? This is all because our useless leaders are worthless and are greezed by these worthless racist investors.

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    its a simple issue of poverty,they are afraid of losing their jobs if the restaurant closes. political freedom without economic freedom is the same as slavery..

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      One Nation: That’s so true. Economic freedom will enable you have “a voice”. Do wonder when a rich singer dies it’s all over the world news but there are so many poor children dying every day with malnutrition and other diseases and it’s never on world news: poverty is not a good thing. Any the Bible say the poor you will always have. I guess we have to leave with it.

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    This is the PF way of doing things, anybody can be turned into a hired cader.

    Zambians have been reduced to petty caderisim in hope of crumbs from the rich with no sense of pride whatsoever.

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      The proud and free part should be removed from the noth Rhodesian anthem, these pf caders have no shame and sense of pride.

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    Zambian people learn to live within the confines of the law,believe me u one day u will cry for the help of human rights to come to your aid so as u do things bear in mind that your bosses tomorrow may fire u after u have been used to defend the minister of Labour.all of u working today will not even finish 2017,dont forget that u are human beings who is bound to make a mistake and any mistake u will make will cost your job therefore I advise u to be protected by the human rights conditions that will stand a test of time than being given a 2kwacha to defend things that can’t help u not even your own children to come.lets fight for good rights that will even benefits our grand children to come.example lets fight for causualisation which is even at that same restaurant dont be used u dull…

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    Between a life of poverty and hunger under pf and being racially abused while getting food to survive and peanuts every month what would you choose? This case reflects just how bad things have become under the failed pf leadership. Vote nez as best blogger. Lusaka times when are votes closing. Twalema

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    @Ndobo: That’s typical of Zambians suffering from ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, loving poverty and suffering with a strange feeling of liking those that abuse you or cause pain to you.

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    The truth is that those negroes whose views are against management would not be on Tv. They would know that their jobs would be on the line

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      Even a civic servant would not dare go to a MUVI TV reporter and camera outside his ministry and complain about GRZ not paying on time…he knows he would relocated next day to Mwami Border from Kitwe just to frustrate him.

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    AS THE SAYING GOES THERE IS NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE!! SOMETHING IS GOING ON HERE!!! EVIDENCE IS SOMETIMES ELUSIVE IN THESE TYPES OF CASES. WITH THAT SAID AT THIS TIME WE WILL ACCEPT THE POSITION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ONLY AS PUBLIC RECORD AND TAKE THESE WORKERS AT THIER WORD. LET THOSE THAT FEEL AS VICTIMS PRESENT THIER CASE WHEN THE TIME AND PODIUM PRESENTS ITSELF. THE TRUTH WILL EVENTUALLY COME TO LIGHT!!!

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    Something smells here. Somebody has pooped, probably the minister, and is stinking up the place. The workers obviously were threatened by management and the minister. The minister has pocketed some money and she must be seen to be earning it. She is doing a hell of a job of it to earn it. The workers are genuine sheeple. No job on earth would make me swallow sh!t from anybody like they are happily doing. They went on TV to defend their abusers!! This is a new low in Zambian mentality!!

  16. +2
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    Visiting my work mate an Irishmen, I heard him call his aged servant “boy ” I objected to this. And when the servant heard us arguing he told me plainly to mind my own business saying “teti munfoleshe esho Uyu Umusungu isho anfolesha “

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    Just check the workers’ accounts and note any irregular transactions then sue Horse shoe for inducing a riot against the state. Mafia cant outsmart the state machinery…also do phone wire tapings and social media tracking

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    The wrong the minister committed is to instruct the arrest of the whistle blower. You don’t do that even if it is established that it is not true.

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    Just wondering the caliber of the HRC chaps who did the investigation. If the minister and the workers are saying the same thing, what methodology did they use to come up with such an embarrassing conclusion? Would we be wrong to conclude that the HRC is now run by clueless cadres who want to use emotions instead of logic so as to be recognized by their masters? Thou shall not bear false witness against thy Neighbour! It is a heinous sin! Be truthful and neutral and avoid running to the press to dramatize unsubstantiated issues! Case closed!

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      Ba real quest you are the one sounding more like a cadre ……the HRC had a formal report even stating the number of employees interviewed and methodology was also mentioned ….your Minister just muffled and came to a conclusion and till now there is no formal report from her office ……u need isikulu bosses.

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    What are some people on about? Learn to read…. excerpt from HRC report:

    “It is also worth noting that the Commission was UNABLE to establish a complaint against discrimination on the basis of race as defined by the Zambian Constitution and the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination. ”

    The Minister of labour should simply retract her sentiments about having the complainant arrested and further recommendations made by the HRC addressed by Horse Shoe and we move onto other important things. I assume Employees are merelyacting under the undue influence of their employer ( or even other external forces)

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    Very interesting. So the restaurant management gave permission to all those workers to go and storm Muvi Tv thereby temporarily closing the business? Getting more smelly by the day.

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      Exactly my Thot, which employer will allow such a number of workers to go and Protest Ku MUVI TV at the same, we all know they are not many employees at that restaurant. Meaning management together with Minister threatened them and asked them to go and retract the accusations VIA MUVI TV meanwhile Minister na SWAMO!! SHAME on u vima MBULI workers. Poverty at play u can easily expose both yo bosses & Minister without them Knowing; simply record certain conversations especially threats & Racial Remarks & send them Viral; Ninshi champwa…..no one will notice.

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    If the workers at that restaurant actually suffer abuse from their employers and they do not want to come out in the open, it is their own fault. Maybe it could have been a disgruntled former worker who was dismissed and decided to dent the management’s image of the restaurant.

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    SIMPLE LOGIC HERE. THE TIME THESE GUYS WENT TO PROTEST AT MUVI TV, WEREN’T THEY SUPPOSE TO BE WORKING? WITH WHOSE BLESSINGS DID THEY LEAVE THEIR WORK PREMISES DURING WORKING TIME? TAKE TIME TO READ THE FACES OF THOSE EMPLOYEES & U WILL GET THE TRUTH RIGHT THERE. TO ME THE CURRENT TURN OF EVENTS IS REALLY A SHAME TO ZAMBIA AS A COUNTRY. THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW MUCH POVERTY THERE IS IN THIS COUNTRY. IF EMPLOYEES WERE BEING TRUTHFUL, THEY WOULD HAVE RESPONDED A LONG TIME AGO. THEY HAVE BEEN BOUGHT OFF. MIND U, THERE IS A LOT AT STEAK. ON ONE HAND, MINISTER’S JOB HUNGS IN BALANCE & ON THE OTHER, THE RESTAURANT RISKS CLOSING DOWN. ORDINARILY THE WEAKER PART OF THE THREE IS THE EMPLOYEES

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    Some of us have been patrons of this restaurant for many, many years from its days as Polo Grill to its present status as Horse Shoe. But whenever we have attempted to defend the current owners against accusations of racism, we have been showered with insults by people who have probably never even set foot in the place. The fact remains that the owners are neither white nor foreign, but real and very friendly Zambians. In fact, their father is the current sub-chief Cheswa of the Bemba speaking people of Chinsali. I rest my case as I await more insults.

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    Now this justifies why non Africans should be calling Africans DOGs, MONKEYS… This is because instead of letting the law protect you, you are now helping foreigners suppress the law and get away with.

    Continue suffering…

  26. vote

    Why is the minister involved in this small issue? Where are her assistants like the labor officer etc. Why hasn’t the minister taken interest in the affairs of miners in KCM who had only been paid after the intervention of the minister of mines? Chingola based NFCA miners’ bus has been withdrawn and told to either shift to Kitwe or kalulushi. Come here to the Copperbelt we discuss labour issues.

  27. vote

    what did we do to deserve this madness? is it poverty? or because PF is fu,,,,,cking us massively hard ? what is wrong ? i can see from the video there faces can tell that there are laying there doing that all in the name of fear ….keep ur pride
    Thanks

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    This circus should end. These people are stup1d and have refused to be helped. Let’s move on already. They are used to suffering. Typical Zambian, muzungu anikonde ni99ers. In 2016, sad.

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    Comment:they were given soup for free to shut up,always zambians don’t know what they want in there lives

  30. vote

    Stupid workers. They are a disgrace to our country. Let them i.diots continue suffering and being abused for K500.

  31. vote

    Who allowed them to be out of their post and go protesting? To me, the boss went and told them I am now closing the company because you reported me to the government we will see who will be at a lose. I will continue eating and doing business but you will have nothing. This pressed a panic button on the workers and went to protest at Muvi, what a shame? This will make the situation even worse because he will have nothing to lose since you have defended him, he will abuse you to a finish! Treating you like rats, rotten eggs, F*** you and ******. These are not terms to be called upon nor call upon others if you respect them!

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