White prison official to be promoted

2010-11-11 14:22

Johannesburg – Trade union Solidarity and the department of correctional services on Thursday reached a settlement in the Labour Court in Johannesburg in the affirmative action case of Herman Denysschen.

Judge Annelie Basson ruled that an agreement between the parties be made an order of the court.

In terms of the order, Denysschen would be promoted to assistant director of PAS System Management backdated to June 2008, and correctional services would pay the costs of the matter.

Denysschen had applied for a promotion in the logistics department of correctional services.

Recommended for the position

His application was turned down on the grounds of affirmative action even though an interview panel, where 75% of those conducting the interview were black, recommended him for the position, read court papers.

No other candidate was appointed to the position and Denysschen had been acting in it since then.

According to the court order, correctional services acknowledged they had not promoted Denysschen on the grounds of affirmative action.

"The respondents point out that their refusal to have (Denysschen) appointed was based on equity requirements of the department," read the court order.

Scarcity of skills

The advertisement had stated that anyone could apply for the post and the human resources department said appointments in positions in logistics had to be allowed from non-designated groups due to a scarcity of skills and the number of vacant posts.

The case was the second in a series of 10 affirmative action challenges, which Solidarity began with the case of Captain Renate Barnard of the SA Police Force. The police were currently appealing the Labour Court's finding that she be promoted.

"We have got everything we asked for, we are very happy," said Solidarity spokesperson Dirk Hermann outside court.

"We have already won number one, the case of Renate Barnard. Now we have won number two.

Not good for justice

"We'll win the cases one by one, but believe it is not good for justice or for the people involved," he said.

It would be better if government stopped opposing the cases and rather took a leadership role in implementing affirmative action fairly across the spectrum, he said.

"We hope the message to government is (that there are) certain frameworks affirmative action must function within."

Speaking Afrikaans and dressed in a purple and black striped shirt, Denysschen said outside court he was very happy and relieved by the outcome.

  • marnfish - 2010-11-11 14:41

    when are we going to stop looking over our shoulders at the past and start looking ahead of us all...the wall approaching could be a lot more serious than we all think...we are one counrty when we support our soccer teams but as soon as that is over we seem to forget what we have comleted

      Meanleader - 2011-03-23 13:44

      I don't think "all of us need to look ahead" clearly , it is the blacks that need to quit their racist political crimes ..... leave the whites out of it . You hear son ?

  • Marc Gregan - 2010-11-11 15:30


  • tebogo.r.mathoko - 2010-11-11 15:53

    Why must there be "White Label in the Subject"? Why not just "Qualified, Previously descriminated Prison Official to get his Due Justice"? As long as we all still write everything in "White" and "Black" colour differentiation, this country will never be OK. This includes all of us with All journalists and media houses included. We are all now and then commenting racially but turn a blind "Others are racists" eye when the truth hurts. Is there any Article that can be written with calling people by names or Honours like Mr or Dr and without naming the colour of Skin. "A white farmer killed Black Boys", "A Black Man raped a White Woman", "A white man killed a Black Cop" or "Blacks robbed a white lady". Before we even comment, the News Headlines are already Racist. So disgusting and Un-Educated. Why not just say "Two boys raped a girl" or "A policeman killed by another man" or "A farmer killed a boy" for a change. The Media has the power to show multitudes the right way, but also the Media needs to maybe read their own stories first before publication. TO CHANGE THE MINDSET OF THE MULTITUDES - WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR OWN FIRST.

      Pulverturm - 2010-11-11 17:04

      Funny, you don't really see that in the international media at all, but in this case it is relevant, I can see why they phrased it the way they did. But in any other story, such as rape, murder etc... I don't think it's relevant. But I see what you're getting at :)

      potevan - 2010-11-11 17:23

      Very well said sentiments exactly!

      tcCarla - 2010-11-11 18:07

      well said Tebogo

      whabig - 2010-11-11 20:23

      Thanks Tebs! I would really appreciate the day when we are all seen as individuals with equal rights and equal responsibility..

      awwgee - 2010-11-12 05:53

      Tebogo, your sentiments are great, but the fact of the matter is that black and white are actually adjectives (describing words). The problem is that they are not used in SA in the context of adjectives. If we should not be reporting using these words, as they are prejudicial, then we should also not be using male or female, or tall or short! Headlines could read - person wins case!

      Susan - 2010-11-12 08:46

      Tebogo, in this instance the race of the person was the very reason for the case. It is about affirmative action, which is race-based. I do not agree with you that the media frequently refers to race in their reports. Just check the headlines on News24 today: only one mentions race and it is a positive article. The reports on the rape at the school did not mention the race of the involved learners. I have checked several online papers before commenting, and apart from the one article already mentioned, there is only one other referring to race in the Pretoria News/Star. Hardly "everything"

  • Eloise Fraenkel - 2010-11-11 18:27

    Well done!! I had to leave to country to get a job because CSIR said "whites need not apply". Luckily in the UK you're hired based on merit not on skin colour.

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