Ekurhu­leni worker is fired over racist email

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - NOKUTHULA ZWANE nokuthula.zwane@inl.co.za

THE City of Ekurhu­leni has dis­missed a long-stand­ing white fe­male em­ployee fol­low­ing racist re­marks sent to an­other em­ployee via email.

Spokesper­son Gugu Ndima said the city man­ager, Dr Imo­gen Mas­hazi, learnt that the em­ployee wrote an email with the fol­low­ing words to her col­leagues: “Ek is moeg met hi­erdie bobbe­jane hier, hulle dink ek sal be­dank soos me­neer van der Nest en ek sal nie.” (I’m tired of th­ese ba­boons here, they think I’ll re­sign like Mr van der Nest and I will not).

Ndima said: “The email cor­re­spon­dence was sent on July 21, 2017 and it came to the at­ten­tion of the city man­ager on July 31.

“Nat­u­rally, and as ex­pected (in terms of) the process, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­ducted to af­firm the le­git­i­macy of the email and the au­then­tic­ity, and that it had been au­thored by the em­ployee. Sub­se­quent to the out­come, it was re­solved that the em­ployee be dis­missed,” she said.

Ndima told The Star that a black fe­male re­cip­i­ent of the email re­ported the mat­ter af­ter be­ing of­fended by its con­tents. She said that the re­marks were sent on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s of­fi­cial email, which in­cludes its logo.

“It is tar­nish­ing to the City of Ekurhu­leni and that is why a sum­mary dis­missal was the ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion taken to deal with the mat­ter,” Ndima pointed out.

She said that the city wanted to make it clear that it has a zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach to­wards racism and that it will deal harshly with any in­stance that is brought to its at­ten­tion.

“The city views racist con­duct as con­sti­tut­ing ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances, as en­vis­aged in law, and as such the em­ployer can dis­pense with pre-dis­missal pro­ce­dures.

“This com­mit­ment by the city will be im­ple­mented in re­spect of ev­ery as­pect of the scourge of racism, whether by em­ploy­ees or mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who are con­duct­ing busi­ness with the city,” she said.

In a coun­cil sit­ting yes­ter­day, mayor Mzwandile Masina said: “Racism will not be tol­er­ated in the City of Ekurhu­leni. We have a dark past of racial in­jus­tices and no one will un­der­mine ef­forts to build a non-racist, non-sex­ist and demo­cratic so­ci­ety.”

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CON­FIRMED: The city’s spokesper­son Gugu Ndima said a white fe­male em­ployee was fired.

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