Zille’s office accused of alleged race bias
Top management positions held by whites, other races excluded
SIXTY percent of the top management positions in Western Cape premier Helen Zille’s office are held by whites with not a single black, coloured or Indian women working there. Zille and her department presented their annual report to the Western Cape Legislature’s standing committee on the Premier.
The employment figures for the department in the top and senior management remain largely unreflective of the Western Cape’s demographics. According to the statistics, only one black male occupies a top management job while there are three coloured and three white males.
ANC leader of opposition, Khaya Magaxa, raised the issue of demographics in Zille’s department.
“There are too many whites in your department. We all know that coloured people are in the majority, with blacks in second place. The people in your office does not reflect the demographics of this province. Why is it so difficult to transform?” Magaxa said.
Zille appeared to make a negative gesture when Magaxa posed the race question.
“Your gestures and attitude (when asking that question) is unbecoming of a leader. You should behave because you are the leader of this province,” he said.
Zille’s director-general, advocate Brent Gerber, said there are only four white people in the top management structure, however their official figures, as at 31 March, shows otherwise.
Magaxa also referred to the low targets the departments had set themselves.
“It seems as if you are setting the target very low so that you can report to us, that you achieved much more. Do you not think that is cheating on your side?” he asked.
In the foreword of the annual report, Zille said the department will continue to build partnerships.
“We have established with other spheres of government, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to implement game changers,” she said.
Gerber said: “The continued weakened economic outlook and subsequent compensation of employees certainly tightened the departmental budget further. To ensure the achievement of departmental predetermined objectives against a diminished budget, emphasis shifted to an increase in evaluations and monitoring,” he said.
UNDER FIRE: Helen Zille is in hot water over allegations that her office mainly appoints whites to top positions.