ANC backs Gatvol Capetonians on jobs discrimination claim

Staff Writer | May 30, 2019
The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape wants the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to urgently investigate the ‘employment practices’ of the Department of Labour.

ANC provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs has urged the HRC to set up a meeting between the department and civil society group Gatvol Capetonians over claims that coloured people in Cape Town are being overlooked in staff appointments. 

An ANC statement said this stemmed from ‘a recommendation from one of (the HRC’s) Commissioners, the Reverend Chris Nissen, for an urgent investigation into the employment practices of the Department of Labour in the Western Cape’.

The statement added: ‘Rev Nissen said in his report that the background to his probe was that Coloured people in Mitchells Plain complained that they were being overlooked by DOL when it came to employment opportunities.

‘Organizations, such as Gatvol Capetonians, had taken up these complaints. The ANC subsequently asked Rev Nissen to take a look at the situation, which he did.’

The statement said Rev Nissen was ‘not satisfied’ with the department’s practices.

‘He stated in his report that by employing 46 people from one group it had undermined the rights of others in Mitchells Plain in an act that constituted an alleged human rights violation. “So the saga continues, hence my recommendation that an investigation into the Western Cape Labour Department be undertaken by the SAHRC as a matter of urgency,” Rev Nissen said in his report.’

Jacobs said in the statement: ‘The situation calls for urgent attention. Only appointing people from one group in an area such as Mitchells Plain causes racial tension and undermines social cohesion.’


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