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City of Ekurhuleni fires employee after referring to colleagues as ‘baboons’ in email


Johannesburg – The City of Ekurhuleni on Thursday said it had summarily dismissed an employee for making a racist remark in an email sent to colleagues.

The City Manager learned on Monday that an employee wrote an email to her colleagues in which she wrote: “Ek is moeg met hierdie bobbejane hier, hulle dink ek sal bedank soos Meneer …. en ek sal nie (I am tired of these baboons here, they mustn’t think I will resign like Mr… and I won’t).”

Speaking in Council on Thursday, Executive Mayor Mzwandile Masina said: “Racism will not be tolerated in the City of Ekurhuleni. We have a dark past of racial injustices and no one will undermine efforts to build a non-racist, non-sexist and democratic society”.

He said the City wanted to make it clear that it had “zero tolerance” towards racism and that it would deal harshly with any instance that was brought to its attention.

“The City views racist conduct as constituting exceptional circumstances as envisaged in law and as such the employer can dispense with pre-dismissal procedures,” said the mayor.

He said this commitment by the City shall be implemented in respect of every aspect of the scourge of racism, whether by employees or by members of the community who were having services with the City.

“The City prides itself as a champion of human rights and upholds the rights of every individual to human dignity and respect. No employee of the City shall escape the repercussions of behaving in a manner that does not accord with the values espoused by the City or undermining constitutional foundations of democracy,” warned Masina.

He urged employees and community members to report and bring evidence of racist conduct so that the City can “squash racism whenever it raises its ugly head”.

African News Agency

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