Prisons employee fights for promotion

2012-08-21 17:07
<a href=\\\\>Shutterstock</a>


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cpae Town - Prison authorities refused to promote a finance clerk to senior state accountant because he is coloured, the Cape Town Labour Court heard on Tuesday.

Christo February launched an urgent application before Judge Robert le Grange to stop the correctional services department (DCS) from appointing anyone else to the post until a ruling was made in a separate action against the department for unfair discrimination.

His counsel, Greta Engelbrecht, told the court this was urgent because the DCS was in the process of advertising the post.

"My client cannot be promoted if someone else has already been appointed to the post. The reality is that he has acted in the post for four years."

No court date had been set for the unfair discrimination matter but it was expected to start in November.

In the litigation, February challenged the decision not to promote him saying it was because he was coloured.

Engelbrecht said February was the best qualified and experienced to fill the vacant post, and had acted in the position several times.

February was recommended for the post because of his experience but he was turned down because his appointment would conflict with the department's employment equity plan.

Engelbrecht quoted former president Nelson Mandela saying he and the ruling African National Congress condemned racism.

Judgement is expected on Friday.

Read more on:    cape town  |  prisons

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


Fascinating facts about dogs

Think you know a lot about dogs? How many of these facts do you know?



Perfectly captured cat snapchats!
Fascinating facts about dogs
Out with the old dog, in with the new
Play with your pet when you're not at home
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.