Prisons employee fights for promotion

2012-08-21 17:07

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.

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-21 17:27

    Cpae Town??? Prisons Department must fly SAA??? Just a guess.

  • Heinrich Cookson - 2012-08-21 17:36

    It is disgusting to read that in this day and age that we as colored people are still 'in conflict with the department's equity plans'. Is it just me or is it that anyone who's not black will never be recognised by our government for anything?

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-08-21 21:11

      Let's just accept this is apartheid in our generation. It's just not got the same name and everybody fell for the mass propaganda of 1994.

  • johan.maree.5036 - 2012-08-21 17:39

    The prison dep is just stupid and racist, the guy can and has been doing the job, all they have to do is make it official, now you want to bring in someone new that most likely lacks the first hand experience February possess? Shocking!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-21 18:33

      According to radio news report, Mr February was asked to write a test which he got 100% pass. Not 90% or 80%, 100%. It has not been divulged whether the new appointee had to write a test and if they did, what result they got. ANC determined to ruin this country through their policy of race over ability.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-21 20:06

      Just wodering, is it possible that he is NOT a ANC card carring member? Same on you Fransman for not standing up for a colored bru. By the way where is the COSATU man (anc WC Premier hopeless....sorry hopefool..oohps)

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-08-21 21:09

      Then you have idiots like Fransman and Erenreich who is just happy to ride the gravy train. They will not condemn this behaviour, however let the "white" DA just do something wrong. Just shows what liars they are.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-21 17:40

    The ANC is proving to be much more Racist than the old regime.

      kim.buren - 2012-08-21 18:01

      Agree Lary, first SAA and now this. Dumb Sh^ts

  • lownabester - 2012-08-21 17:56

    Hell must he paint himself black. ANC, you are the biggest bnch of idiots.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-21 18:33

    Verwoerd would have been so proud of the "new SA"!

  • gary.smith.rsa - 2012-08-21 18:39

    Don't get me wrong, I support the guy but this happens EVERY day to whites and it doesn't make the news. Also, before the trolls get stuck in, I appreciate the "too black then and too white now" point of view. Good luck to him.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-08-21 18:40

    and to think that there are people that believe we live in a rainbow nation you only black when it suits the ruling party ,and our so called leaders ,Manuel ,Fransman ,Brown and the rest still dont accept that they are coloured .But as long as their famillies have cosy jobs why would they care,the late mr Marx always said be proud of who you are and embrace your heritage before you were not white enough and now you are not the correct shade of black

  • Rob Allen - 2012-08-21 18:57

    Blacks are having their 5 min of fame, change your thinking or you are doomed. White Male and glad to be......the wheel will turn.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-21 20:49

    funny my comment is gone, al I said is take a coulard person that knows what he is doing, than a black from EC to fill numbers.

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