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labourcourtsThe Star reports that Freddie Engelbrecht, Western Cape Correctional Services deputy commissioner, this week failed to prove to court that he was overlooked for promotion due to his race and his political position on affirmative action and employment equity policies.  

A coloured candidate who joined the service in 1982, Engelbrecht took the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) to court after he was not appointed to provincial commissioner positions that were advertised in 2011.  He sought an order declaring that the department discriminated against him on basis of his race.  Engelbrecht also wanted the court to rule that he should be appointed Western Cape commissioner, backdated to July 2011.  He was known to be outspoken about how the DCS applied affirmative action and largely argued that the DCS excluded coloured people.  The DCS denied that Engelbrecht was discriminated against, saying he wasn’t appointed because he failed to perform well in the interview.  The DCS also said Engelbrecht’s contention that he was overlooked because he formed part of a group of public servants opposed to employment equity baseless.  Labour Court Judge Dephney Mahosi ruled that Engelbrecht had failed to prove his case.  “On analysis of the evidence presented, most of what the applicant contended was subjective and could not be objectively verified.  The allegations, though serious, were not proved through the evidence led,” said Judge Mahosi.”  Engelbrecht said he planned to appeal the ruling.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bongani Nkosi at The Star

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