The owner of the Quttro Security consultants, Roberto Bertolini a security magnate at the town of Rehoboth pleaded to Informanté not to publish the story in which he is accused of substandard working conditions and non-payment by staff. Some workers claimed that their salaries payments are not up to date.
Bertolini, known for his extravagant life-style, confirmed that he is in financial difficulty and is struggling to make all his payments on time. “My brother I know there are people who did not get paid, but due to the fact that some of my clients are always slow in advancing the payments on time.”
“I can tell you now that I am busy [negotiating] with the bank for a loan and once that is sorted out the cash-flow problem will be something of the past,” the security boss said. “Please don’t put my name in the paper I will lose my clients.”
Quttro Security Consultants have been accused by some of his security staff at Agra, Woerman and Brock, and Commercial banks of delaying their payment for years and not registering them with the relevant authorities like the social security commission, SSC.
On the issue of Social Security (SSC) payments, he said that his people are fully-registered. “The problem there is that I don’t indicate it on the pay slips, as there is no need to deduct N$4 from someone, so I pay it all myself.” Bertolini further explains that the reason why no SSC card is given to workers is because the card machine at the SSC is out of order and once it has been fixed they all are going to get their cards.
The security boss however told Informanté that he has been in this line of business for more than 14 years and it is surely farfetched to assume that the machine has been out of order all this time.
One security officer, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, said that he has been working for more than four years without leave and if he enquires about his leave, he is threatened with being fired. “It’s a problem with this company, people are coming and leaving all time, even the uniforms we get are old, but everybody has to pay for them off,’’ he said.
Bertolini, known as a big spender in some circles, is also believed to have swindled a rival security firm owner out of N$2 000, after the latter provided Bertolini with staff when his guards refused to work over non-payment.
“I left that money in the hands of almighty God, as even the police could do nothing to recoup my money,” said the despondent owner of 007 Security, Dantago Seibeb.