CoJ suspends employee for racist treatment of security guards

The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) suspended an employee for alleged racist treatment of newly-insourced security guards.

Executive mayor, Clr Herman Mashaba, said CoJ received a complaint emanating from a video in which an official of the city is overheard racially abusing someone.

“The city is in possession of the video where the person on the receiving end of the verbal attack is one of the city’s newly insourced security guards,” said Mashaba.

He said the incident took place last week at a swimming pool.

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“The official is overheard regretting the use of school facilities in Eldorado Park by black children and referring in an insulting manner to a so-called ‘black mentality’. As mayor and as a man who has weathered the storm of our racist past, I am insulted by what has transpired.

“However, I am pleased to report that our community development department has acted swiftly and suspended the official with immediate effect pending a disciplinary enquiry. I accompanied the security guards who endured this treatment to lay a criminal case of crimen injuria at a police station,” said Mashaba.

“The CoJ has worked hard to restore the dignity of our security guards through our insourcing efforts and they now enjoy decent wages and benefits. Such deplorable conduct is intolerable by all standards.”

The mayor said he requested the MMC for Community Development, Clr Nonhlanhla Sifumba, to follow this disciplinary case in order to ensure that justice is indeed served.

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