- Managers at the eThekwini Municipality have slammed a proposed bill which would prevent Indian, Coloured and White males from being promoted to senior positions
- The proposed bill is said to address an over-representation of Indian males in senior management positions
- eThekwini Municipal workers have threatened to take the matter all the way to the Constitutional Court
A storm is brewing in Durban. Managers and staff at the eThekwini Municipality have slammed a proposed bill which would prevent Indian, Coloured and White men from being promoted to senior management positions.
The proposed bill, which is still in draft stage, would replace the 2014-2018 bill, which identified an over-representation of Indian men in senior management positions.
An internal memorandum reading as follows was released: “Moving into a new period, it is necessary to indicate that the commitment of the employer is to continue with the targets and goals of the previous plans to bring about diversity within each occupational level.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that a manager was told by the HR department that the three racial groups would be excluded from grade 14-25 (senior management) positions if the bill was adopted.
“We already see merit is no longer important to the municipality because it has become the norm to promote unqualified individuals based on race,” said the manager
Workers have threatened to take the matter to the Constitutional Court.
Workers and managers said the bill would side-line good, hardworking people who had dedicated more than 20 years of their lives to the municipality purely on the basis of their race.
One head-of-department said the bill would be an absolute travesty for employees who have worked hard over a number of years.
eThekwini City Manager Sipho Nzuza said it was much too early to comment on the proposed bill because it was still in the draft stage. He said the city planned to increase female representation irrespective of race.
“We would not pass something that’s unconstitutional and it would still need to go through council in any event. If the African race is under-represented in management then we would have to consider that as well, but there is no cause for worry,” said Nzuza.
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