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By Luzuko Pongoma | Feb 26, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

TRANSNET management is on a mission to get rid of all black managers, a union has claimed.

In a six-page document sent to Transnet Group acting CEO Chris Wells, the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has accused the management of the parastatal of "gross and racial witch-hunt of African managers".

The union says it will now ask President Jacob Zuma to intervene if certain issues are not addressed.

Satawu is demanding that a vacant position (general manager) in the HR department be filled by an African "as 70percent of other senior and vital positions were given to Indian managers".

The union has also accused Wells and executive director of human resources Pradeep Maharaj of unfairly suspending Freight Rail CEO Siyabonga Gama because they did not want to serve under a "black CEO".

The union is demanding that Transnet and its divisions be investigated because "only Indians and whites are privileged to senior positions".

Among others things, Satawu has asked why all the chief financial officers were either whites or Indians. The document also lists six African names, which are known to Sowetan, of people who were removed from executive positions and replaced by whites and Indians.

The union claims that an external auditing company, known to Sowetan, has been used to investigate African managers, while whites and Indians were not probed.

Satawu is also demanding the immediate investigation of senior managers known to this paper.

Transnet spokesperson John Dludlu responded: "We can confirm that we received a racist, defamatory and inflammatory e-mail which has been designed to undermine the integrity of some colleagues by making sweeping allegations against them."

He said they were concerned about the motive of the author and were seeking legal advice on it.

"If Satawu has issues about the parastatal, there are numerous forums through which they could be raised with the leadership of the company," Dludlu said.


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