No purge of blacks in Cape Town

The claim by some individuals that the City of Cape Town is purging senior black management ("DA 'purge' allegation by ANC's managers", Sowetan July 28) is not supported by the facts.

The claim by some individuals that the City of Cape Town is purging senior black management ("DA 'purge' allegation by ANC's managers", Sowetan July 28) is not supported by the facts.

The city has increased the level of diversity of its senior staff over the past two years.

Using employment equity categories, white men made up 47,44 percent of senior management in 2005 under the former administration. In 2008 it is 29,86 percent.

In 2005 blacks made up 43,18 percent of total senior management. In 2008 it is 58,6 percent. In 2005 females made up 23,15 percent of total senior management. In 2008 it is 36,9 percent of the total.

In 2005 16 percent of staff were white and in 2008 15 percent. Blacks were 21 percent in 2005 and increased to 23,7 percent in 2008.

Females, who made up 25 percent of the workforce in 2005, increased to 27 percent.

No one has been demoted. Those who were moved to other positions retained their salaries and benefits.

The disciplinary case against Themba Jack mentioned in your story is an entirely separate matter. We followed disciplinary procedures and if Jack's rights were violated he has recourse to the labour court.

He has not taken this route and until there is evidence to the contrary it would be unjust to claim that we acted inappropriately.

Achmat Ebrahim,city manager, Cape Town

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