KZN cop wins promotion case

By Drum Digital
29 April 2013

A KwaZulu-Natal policeman who was overlooked for a promotion because of his race has won his case at the Durban Labour Court and awarded R333,000, the Star reported on Monday.

Captain M Munsamy applied for three superintendent posts in 2000. He was recommended for one of the posts, but was not appointed because "Indian males were over-represented and Africans under-represented" at the level of superintendent, acting Labour Court Judge Benita Whitcher said in her judgment.

In respect of the other two posts, police management said he lacked experience for one, and the other required a female to be appointed for "representivity", she said.

Munsamy achieved the rank of major, which is equivalent to superintendent in the old ranking system, in May 2011.

He then sued the police ministry for unfair discrimination, claiming the difference between the salary he was paid and the salary he would have been paid if he had been promoted 11 years earlier.

Judge Whitcher found in his favour and ordered the SA Police Services to pay the cost of the lawsuit.


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