Disgraced former Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube is taking his former employer to court for breach of contract.
Dube was fired form PSMAS January this year following reports that he was earning a staggering $535,000 which shocked the country and triggered what has become known as the Salarygate scandal.
PSMAS board chairperson Gideon Mhlanga confirmed Dube had taken the health insurer to court demanding his salary. “I am not aware as to how much he is demanding but it is true that he has approached the Labour Court demanding his salary from the time his contract was terminated. To us it does not make sense and we will obviously oppose the application,” Mhlanga said in an interview.
Given his ‘obscene’ salary and perks, Dube could be demanding anything from $2,5 million for the five months from February this year.
Sources said that he was demanding his job back or a golden handshake whose value could not be established. Repeated efforts to get a comment from Dube and his lawyer Jonathan Samkange were fruitless last night.
According to a senior labour lawyer who declined to be named, Dube could smile all the way to the bank.
“He could be paid one month for every year served which will turn into a two-year salary totalling over $12m. He is normally entitled to a pension and his outstanding leave days and depending on his contract, all trinkets that come with his position,” said the lawyer who also serves as a labour court judge.
Dube was also head of PSMAS subsidiaries in Malawi and Zambia from which he also drew salaries and benefits, whose quantum still remain a mystery.