Premier to mediate in Sun City conflict

2012-01-23 22:34

Pretoria - Cosatu's unhappiness at the way a Sun City security firm apprehended suspects has prompted the North West province's premier to intervene in a labour dispute.

Premier Thandi Modise's office said on Monday she would lead a provincial delegation on Wednesday to mediate in an impasse between the Congress of SA Trade Unions North West and Sun International management.

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 because of the way in which employees of outsourced security provider 24/7 apprehended suspects 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.

"Sun City and Sun International know very well that the same security company they are defending has made many racial attacks on our members and now on their guests," Cosatu North West secretary Solly Phetoe said on Monday:

Cosatu was committed to fighting racism at Sun City "at all costs", he said.

However, Sun International's acting chief executive Garth Collins said the company was "incensed" at the accusation of racism.

"The secretary of Cosatu in the North West took up this incident, despite it not being a labour-related matter and did not report it to Sun City, rather simply engaging the media," he said.

"The secretary showed no concern for the real victims of this appalling incident, who were minors."

He said there had been an "an infringement of procedure" by two of the guards who made the arrests, but that there was no evidence that any of those apprehended had been physically harmed in any way.

Two of the security staff had been suspended pending a disciplinary inquiry.

"It’s a great shame that the secretary seems to be focusing on driving his own agenda instead of concerning himself with the real victims of this incident, whose parents have elected not to file criminal charges given the trauma this may cause to the children concerned," said Collins.

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