Majority of Western Cape staff black – Zille

2013-02-20 16:52

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Almost 80% of senior staff in the Western Cape are categorised as black, Premier Helen Zille has said, rebutting ANC claims of a racial “purge” in the province.

She said blacks, coloureds and Indians made up 39 276 of the 50 521 staff members who were in top or senior management, were professionally qualified or skilled technicians.

She was responding to allegations by the provincial ANC that the government was “purging” itself of its black staff.

MPL and former premier Lynne Brown said today that Zille was pursuing a “refugee agenda”.

Brown could not give figures of those she claimed were affected, but said “many” staff members were in various stages of progress at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Zille rubbished these claims.

“Lynne Brown’s claims of a ‘purge’ of black people from the Western Cape government is complete nonsense. We note that she failed to give a single specific example, and therefore this claim is not worthy of attention.”

She said the government had met its employment equity target for black women in the four top employment categories, and was apparently “over-represented” with coloured women.

Brown had alleged that staff were being purged because of procedural matters and not because they could not do their jobs.

Zille said the statistics showed that 65% of employees who had exited the public service had resigned, 15% had retired, 7% had died, 5% had absconded or been dismissed, and the rest had been transferred.

“Lynne Brown needs to get a firm grasp of the facts first before making wild and unfounded accusations,” Zille said.

“If she wishes to make a useful contribution to improving the state of the province, she should lobby her party in national government to start implementing the National Development Plan immediately.”

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