Pitso Mosimane: Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach sued for millions by injured domestic worker


Pitso Mosimane: Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach sued for millions by injured domestic worker

Festus Chuma 14:00 - 24.04.2024

A domestic worker has sued former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane after a severe injury at his home leads to disabilities.

Former Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane and his wife Moira Tlhagale are embroiled in a legal battle as they face a R5.7-million (Ksh 40,030,733) lawsuit filed by their domestic worker Dorothy Sikirivao. 

The lawsuit lodged at the Johannesburg High Court stems from severe injuries Sikirivao sustained in a mishap at the couple's residence in April 2021.

According to reports by Sunday World, Sikirivao experienced a serious fall while clearing debris from Mosimane's home. 

The accident allegedly left her with catastrophic spine-related injuries, leading to a significant reduction in her mobility and affecting her reproductive health. 

Medical specialists diagnosed Sikirivao with multiple injuries, including blood clots in the brain, shoulder dislocation, various bone fractures, and severe pressure on the spinal cord.

The domestic worker claims the injuries were exacerbated by the demanding nature of her duties and the couple's insistence that she return to work soon after the accident. 

"This was because of the tedious nature of the work she did and the potential of aggravating the injuries. The injuries she sustained from the said accident were of such a nature that exacting physical labor will aggravate them," the legal documents state.

Initially, Mosimane and Tlhagale covered Sikirivao's medical expenses but reportedly ceased payments without explanation. 

Despite being granted a month of sick leave following the incident, Sikirivao alleges she was coerced into resuming work, which worsened her condition.

"The plaintiff, post the said accident, was also prognosed to be in a situation where the plaintiff may never be able to carry a pregnancy and fulfil her desire to have her biological children except through an expensive and legally cumbersome process of surrogacy," the lawsuit papers reveal. 

Furthermore, she may face ongoing health complications due to the accident.

The compensation Sikirivao seeks includes R1.7-million (Ksh 11,938,990) for loss of income, R2-million (Ksh 14,045,871) for past and future medical expenses, and R2-million (Ksh 14,045,871) divided equally for the loss of amenities of life and for pain and suffering.

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