Cop wins race suit

2013-04-29 08:59

A KwaZulu-Natal police officer who was overlooked for a promotion because of his race has won his case at the Durban Labour Court and awarded R333 000.

Captain M Munsamy applied for three superintendent posts in 2000. He was recommended for one of the posts, but was not appointed because “Indian males were over-represented and Africans underrepresented” at the level of superintendent, acting Labour Court Judge Benita Whitcher said in her judgment, Joburg daily, The Star, reported today.

In respect of the other two posts, police management said he lacked experience for one, and the other required a female to be appointed for “representivity”, she said.

Munsamy achieved the rank of major, which is equivalent to superintendent in the old ranking system, in May 2011.

He then sued the police ministry for unfair discrimination, claiming the difference between the salary he was paid and the salary he would have been paid if he had been promoted 11 years earlier.

Judge Whitcher found in his favour and ordered the SA Police Services to pay the cost of the lawsuit.

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