White SIU investigator accuses union of racism

2015-03-08 15:00

A white forensic investigator within the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has laid a complaint with the Human Rights Commission because, he alleges, some of his black colleagues are being “blatantly racist and inflammatory”.

The investigator, who has asked to remain anonymous, claims that a group of black South Africans who belong to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in the unit’s Durban offices have been “promoting racism and what can be construed as hate speech geared towards white, Indian and coloured members of the SIU”.

“In our Durban office, certain black colleagues are busy with a campaign of terror,” the man wrote in his letter to the commission, which City Press has seen.

“This is creating a hostile and racist work environment with the active intimidation, victimisation and discrimination of nonblack and even certain black employees within the SIU by Nehawu.

“This small militant group is attempting to cause me to no longer feel safe in my work environment or welcome in it,” he wrote.

He added that the “instigators of this racist campaign is [sic] in the minority in the SIU and the majority do not support this”.

He asked that the commission fully investigate his claims because the group’s alleged actions were undermining the SIU’s ability to fulfil its mandate.

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