Jimmy Manyi in tirade against Indians

2011-03-02 14:40
Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance plans to release another recording of under-fire government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi on Wednesday.

"The Democratic Alliance will... release a new recording of Jimmy Manyi, launching into another racial tirade, this time against Indian South Africans," the party said.

"A copy of the clip will be distributed to the press on DVDs."

National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel wrote an open letter to Manyi for publication on Wednesday, in which he called him a "worst-order racist".

This was because of a recording released by Solidarity trade union last week in which Manyi said, in an interview broadcast on kykNET last year, that there was an "over-supply" and "over-concentration" of coloured people in the Western Cape.

Labour law amendments

DA MP Wilmot James said Manuel was right to condemn Manyi, but pointed out that Manuel was part of the government that drafted controversial amendments to labour laws.

These amendments revolved around whether workplace representation should be calculated on national or regional basis.

Solidarity trade union warned that it could lead to one million coloureds losing their jobs in the Western Cape if the law was passed, but the labour ministry has denied this.

"This legislation may have been drafted on Mr Manyi's watch, but it was approved by two separate labour ministers, the Cabinet and the President. No bills are introduced until there is consensus in Cabinet. Cabinet ministers like Mr Manuel cannot eschew their own responsibility here," said James.

Manyi was director-general of labour when he made the controversial statements last year. He has since apologised and said that he was speaking in his capacity as Black Management Forum (BMF) president.

He was appointed government spokesperson in February while retaining his position in the BMF.

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