Bungle in hiring of regional traffic cop boss

2011-04-07 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Department of Transport (DOT) may have to re-advertise for the position of chief provincial inspector (CPI) in Midway station, Ladysmith region, after findings of unfair labour practice in the appointment process of the current CPI.

The department advertised for the position in 2008 and appointed a CPI, whose name is known to The Witness and cannot be revealed because she has not commented on the allegations.

A challenge was soon launched on the CPI appointment against the department by one of the unsuccessful applicants, who wished to remain anonymous.

The applicant forwarded his grievances to the General Public Service Sectoral Bargaining Council (GPSSBC) which, after two years of arbitration process, found that the department perpetrated an unfair labour practice pertaining to the appointment process of the current CPI.

The department was ordered to set the appointment aside with the post then being re-advertised and re-interviewed; and to pay all the applicant’s legal costs for the duration of the arbitration process, including travelling costs.

The Witness has a copy of a confidential fax of the findings by the GPSSBC.

There is also a copy of questions and answers, which were posed by the DA Member of Parliament Radley Keys to the MEC for Transport Willies Mchunu that were tabled in the KZN legislature last year.

Keys wanted to find out if the appointment was made on merit, to which Mchunu responded by suggesting that the applicant was qualified and she got the position on merit.

A source said: “I have been working for the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) for more than 25 years and was more than qualified to do the job, however, the advertised post stipulated that the employer specifically wanted an African female or a disabled person to fill the position.

“Internally, 22 people applied for the job including male and female of all races. Then one applicant from the Western Cape also applied for the position and it was then awarded to her.”

The source said for the interviewing process the department excluded 21 applicants that had applied internally and none were ever called for an interview. “I intervened by challenging the entire process because we had women internally, who had applied, that were qualified to do the job rather than getting someone from the Western Cape with no relevant experience.”

According to the findings, the CPI was only a constable, which is the lowest rank in the metro police and she was a project facilitator for Safe Cities before joining RTI.

DOT spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said: “We did receive the [findings] and we have handed [the matter] over to our legal division … Pending the outcome of their findings the department will then take appropriate action.”

 

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