Progress made in Cosatu, Sun City dispute
Pretoria - Progress is being made to resolve a dispute between Cosatu and Sun International over alleged racism at the Sun City resort, the North West government said on Thursday.
Both parties made encouraging commitments at a meeting in Mahikeng on Wednesday that was arranged by senior government officials.
"The meeting resolved that a comprehensive investigation [should be held] into recent incidents of alleged human rights violations and racism," spokesman Lesiba Kgwele said.
"The investigation should ensure that they [the violations] are not practised by security service providers as they have a potential to tarnish the brand image of the North West province and Sun City as a tourism destination."
Kgwele said a follow-up meeting would be held soon, aimed at evaluating video footage of the incident, other evidence and to decide on the next steps.
Premier Thandi Modise was leading a provincial delegation mediating the impasse.
Sun City obtained an interdict preventing the union from marching at the resort earlier this month.
In a memorandum on January 14, Cosatu accused Sun International of racism.
It said this stemmed from the way employees of outsourced security provider 24/7 dealt with suspects arrested at the Valley of the Waves, at Sun City, on New Year's Day.
According to Sun International, 20 visitors were apprehended after other guests accused them of molesting girls under the water.
Cosatu accused the security company of torturing those arrested.