Messing up

SOUTH Africa's labour landscape is not level enough as has been evinced by the number of strike actions in recent weeks.

SOUTH Africa's labour landscape is not level enough as has been evinced by the number of strike actions in recent weeks.

The situation needs the undivided attention of the Labour Department in particular and government in general.

So the shenanigans involving one Jimmy Manyi, the controversial director-general in the Department of Labour, are a cause for concern.

When Minister of Labour Membathisi Mdladlana appointed Manyi as his head of administration more than a year ago, the latter was president of the Black Management Forum.

Calls were made for Manyi to relinquish his position in the BMF. He addressed the matter with a forked tongue, telling all and sundry that he was more than capable of executing his duties and that wearing both caps was not a problem.

Later Mdladlana put pressure on him to choose between the two jobs and his answer was an emphatic no.

Last week the problem-prone Manyi stepped on the wrong toes and messed with a Norwegian diplomat, who wasted no time taking the matter up with the powers that be.

Now Manyi has been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing.

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