ban on whites is 'not racist'

TAKING SIDES: Ehlanzeni municipal mayor Constance Mkhonto and municipal manager Hugh Mbatha have defended a municipal resolution to ban white consultants. Pic. Alfred Moselakgomo. © Sowetan.
TAKING SIDES: Ehlanzeni municipal mayor Constance Mkhonto and municipal manager Hugh Mbatha have defended a municipal resolution to ban white consultants. Pic. Alfred Moselakgomo. © Sowetan.

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The hunt is on for a top official at a Mpumalanga district municipality who leaked "privileged documents" containing council resolutions that apparently discriminates against whites.

Ehlanzeni executive mayor Constance Mkhonto yesterday threatened that the person who leaked the document would face charges of misconduct

"We fail to understand why the person who gave this document to the media failed to exhaust internal proceedings and went to the media if they were not satisfied with certain resolutions," she said.

The municipality held a lekgotla to give everybody a platform to express their views and ideas.

Municipal manager, Hugh Mbatha, shared Mkhonto's sentiments saying the culprit was playing a "racial card".

"This resolution should be seen as a tool to improve the lives of blacks who until recently were excluded from ownership of productive assets, not black versus white," said Mbatha.

"Somebody is playing a race card and it serves them right," he said.

The municipality shocked many people last week when it distributed a memorandum to all senior managers and sectional heads informing them that white consultants should not be appointed as service providers to the municipality.

The officials justified the decision and claimed the South African economy still excluded the vast majority of historically disadvantaged people from ownership of productive assets.

They felt that unless steps were taken to increase the effective participation of the majority of South Africans in the economy, the stability and prosperity of the economy might be undermined - to the detriment of all South Africans.

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