The City of Ekurhuleni has summarily dismissed an employee for making a racist remark against her colleague. The City Manager learned on Monday the 31st July 2017 that an employee wrote an email with the following wording to her colleagues:
"Ek is moeg met hierdie bobbejane hier hulle dink ek sal bedank soos meneer van der Nest en ek sal nie".
Speaking in Council today, the Executive Mayor 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."
The City wants to make it clear that it has a zero tolerance approach towards racism and it shall deal harshly with any instance that is 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. 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 are conducting business 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.
The City encourages both its employees and members of the community to report and bring evidence of racist conduct so that the City can squash racism whenever it raises its ugly head.