Re­cruit­ment drive un­fair to coloureds

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

THE Western Cape De­part­ment of Labour went on an ex­ten­sive re­cruit­ment drive last year. About 140 va­cant po­si­tions at its labour cen­tres and pro­vin­cial of­fices were ad­ver­tised. Dur­ing De­cem­ber, most of these posts were filled.

At the Mitchell’s Plain of­fices there were seven va­can­cies. All these posts were filled by black Africans. I find this racist and un­fair. I find it unimag­in­able that out of the thou­sands of ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived by the de­part­ment, they could not find a sin­gle coloured per­son to ap­point at its Mitchells Plain of­fice – an of­fice which ser­vices a pre­dom­i­nantly coloured com­mu­nity.

I have for­mally raised my con­cerns in writ­ing about these re­cruit­ment ap­point­ment pro­cesses with the Act­ing Chief Di­rec­tor Pro­vin­cial Op­er­a­tions, Mawele Ntamo, and the Pro­vin­cial Hu­man Re­sources Man­ager, Ngubo Lubel­wana.

I am dis­ap­pointed that the de­part­ment deemed it fit to hide be­hind the PAIA (Pro­mo­tion of Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion Act) of 2000 not to pro­vide me with im­por­tant an­swers.

I have re­ceived cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion from staff mem­bers at other of­fices of the de­part­ment in the Western Cape that sim­i­lar un­fair re­cruit­ment and ap­point­ment pro­cesses have been ap­plied in the ap­point­ment of staff .

We shall now launch a for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion un­der the PAIA of 2000 to ac­cess the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion, how­ever, we are con­cerned about the po­ten­tial for valu­able in­for­ma­tion be­ing dis­posed of while this ap­pli­ca­tion is be­ing pro­cessed.

It is unimag­in­able how this de­part­ment could end up with these dodgy ap­point­ments af­ter the land­mark court rul­ing in­volv­ing the cor­rec­tional ser­vices of­fi­cers who took the De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices to court when it used na­tional de­mo­graph­ics rather than pro­vin­cial de­mo­graph­ics in its ap­point­ment and pro­mo­tions pro­cesses.

This is all about equal­ity and fair­ness. For too long coloured peo­ple have been ig­nored, over­looked and abused by those in power. This de­part­ment should be at the fore­front of pro­tect­ing peo­ple’s ba­sic rights, yet it ap­pears to be in the fore­front of tram­pling on our rights.

I urge the com­mu­nity to speak out. Coloured peo­ple have the right to equal op­por­tu­ni­ties. Our peo­ple should de­mand an­swers and protest peace­fully against such dis­crim­i­na­tory ap­point­ments.

I urge the de­part­ment to re­view these ap­point­ments, set them aside and re-open the process to af­ford all our peo­ple an equal op­por­tu­nity to fill these posts.

We in­tend writ­ing a let­ter to the Min­is­ter of Labour via the new ANC pres­i­dent and cur­rent Deputy Pres­i­dent of the repub­lic, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is head of gov­ern­ment busi­ness, in an ef­fort to get them to in­ter­vene.

The coloured com­mu­nity has the right to be treated equally and fairly as en­shrined in our con­sti­tu­tion. We shall not al­low our­selves to be bul­lied by of­fi­cials who use the colour of our skins to dis­crim­i­nate.

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