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DA 'purge' allegation by ANC's managers

By unknown | Jul 28, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Anna Majavu

A group of ANC-appointed black managers in the City of Cape Town say they are being purged by the DA.

The managers say that when the DA took power just over two years ago, Mayor Helen Zille told them their contracts were null and void. Three of the managers told Sowetan that after lawyers confirmed that their contracts were valid, the municipality began victimising them.

Sowetan is in possession of a document which claims that 15 black managers have resigned in the past two years because of the victimisation. Another two currently face disciplinary action. Another 16 black managers say they were demoted or "left without a purpose" when their responsibilities were given to their white and coloured colleagues.

Some of the 16 say they are now facing trumped-up charges of "misconduct", aimed at getting them to resign.

"The DA in the city does not regard the exodus of black management as a brain drain because to them, blacks don't have brains," one director said.

But city manager Achmat Ebrahim denied the allegations.

"There is no purge. No one has been demoted.

"Some of them resigned after being implicated in corruption or maladministration by forensic audits," said Ebrahim, who added that other managers were "moved to other positions due to the organisational realignment process".

Last Friday, the director for performance management, Themba Jack, appeared before a DC facing charges of "misconduct".

Jack was charged after he wrote a letter 20 months ago to the MEC for local government and housing, Richard Dyantyi, complaining about his working conditions. Sowetan was barred from Jack's hearing, which was postponed until August 26.

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) said the charges against Jack were unconstitutional and eroded his right to freedom of expression.

FXI executive director Jane Duncan said: "What the city seems to be most aggrieved by is that Jack cast its management in a bad light with the MEC."


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