ActionSA President Herman Mashaba says he has written to the City of Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC), Dr Mgcini Tshwaku, to urgently respond to allegations that coloured Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) traffic wardens were not considered for permanent appointment on the basis of their race.
“As a party that stands for non-racialism, ActionSA is deeply concerned about a video making the rounds on social media where an EPWP traffic warden alleged she was told by the Acting Chief of Police that she wouldn’t be considered for permanent appointment due to her skin colour,” said Mashaba.
He added that this is in direct contradiction of the values of the South African Constitution which advocates for a non-racial South Africa where everyone has equal access to opportunities.
“ActionSA stands vehemently opposed to any attempt that seeks to diminish non-racialism in South Africa.”Mashaba
Mashaba said they are therefore asking that MMC Tshwaku urgently respond to these allegations and inform the general public why a move was possibly made to exclude coloured applicants from this process.
“ActionSA will continue to engage with the MMC and the city council to ensure that this possible irregularity is reversed and that all applicants in the City of Johannesburg have a fair opportunity to be considered for work opportunities.
“We believe that all South Africans, regardless of their skin colour, should have fair access to jobs offered, both in the private and public sectors. No person should ever be excluded on the basis of their skin colour,” Mashaba remarked.
This is a developing story.