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concourtThe Star reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) is due to bring finality to the question of whether the singing of a struggle song with the lyrics “Kill the boer” is grounds for firing black workers for being racist.  

A group of eight National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members is fighting an attempt by their former employer, Ekurhuleni-based Duncanmec, to avoid reinstating them in accordance with an award after they were unfairly fired for singing a struggle song with those lyrics.  The company claims its management on site was offended and felt threatened by the song.  The ConCourt will hear the matter in May.  Duncanmec has accused the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) arbitrator who handled the case of being “soft on racism” and seeking to justify the singing of the song on the basis of historical context.  The eight members embarked on an unprotected strike in April 2013.  They were fired a month after the strike, but took their case of unfair dismissal to the MEIBC, which found that their firing was substantively unfair and reinstated them.  The company then took the matter on review to the Labour Court, where it failed.  Leave to appeal to the Labour Appeal Court was also denied.  The ConCourt will now hear the matter.

  • Read this report by Loyiso Sidimba in full at The Star

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