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durbanSunday Tribune reports that managers at the eThekwini Municipality have lashed out at the prospect of a municipal employment equity bill being passed that would prevent Indian, white or coloured people from taking up senior positions.  

The bill, which is in its draft stage, would replace the 2014-2018 bill that had identified over-representation of Indian men in senior management as an issue that needed to be addressed.  While querying the bill with eThekwini’s Human Resources (HR) department, a manager was told that the three race groups would be excluded from grade 14-25 (senior management) positions.  City manager, Sipho Nzuza, said it was premature to comment as the bill was in the draft stage.  He said the city planned to increase female representation, irrespective of colour and that people with disabilities would also be a focus area.  “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.  The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) said if there were too many Indian, white or coloured managers in senior positions, the issue did need to be addressed.  But there will have to be consultation, said Samwu’s regional deputy secretary, Nkosinathi Zuma.  A Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) spokesperson said it would be against the constitution to exclude specific races from senior positions.

  • Read this report by Nabeelah Shaikh and Sboniso Mngadi in full at Sunday Tribune

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