Workers want Manyi out
Johannesburg - Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi must be fired for his racial statements, the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) said on Monday.
"We condemn his statement and call upon the Zuma administration to show commitment to non-racialism and a working class bias to dismiss him," general secretary Mthandeki Nhlapo told reporters in Johannesburg.
He said Manyi's comment represent the arrogance of the African section of the middle class.
Manyi said in a show broadcast on kykNET's Robinson Regstreeks in March 2010 that there was an "over supply" of coloureds in the Western Cape. At the time he was labour department director-general.
The comments caused a public outcry, culminating in the publishing of an open letter to him from National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel, who called Manyi a "worst-order racist".
Last week President Zuma called for restraint in the racial stand-off. He said no-one should use race for political grandstanding.