'I was fired for belonging to ANC'

Sicelo Dladla

Sicelo Dladla

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said yesterday it was willing to help investigate claims that an employee was fired from an IFP-led municipality because he was a card-carrying member of the ANC.

"It is a violation of the Constitution and the Equality Act if someone loses a job because of political affiliation," said Jody Kollapen, the commission's chairman.

Dumbe municipality community officer Siboniso Xaba, 27, said he was fired after his bosses allegedly discovered that he was a card-carrying member of the ANC.

Dumbe municipality manager Thabo Putini has refuted the allegations.

"This man was fired for being absent from work for a week without permission. He also pleaded guilty at the disciplinary hearing for submitting a fake sick note," he said.