Solidarity challenges Affirmative Action

Trade union Solidarity will serve papers on the Labour Court challenging the Affirmative Action policy.

Correctional Services minister Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Trade union Solidarity will approach the Labour Court in Cape Town on Monday afternoon in order to challenge the Department of Correction Services' Affirmative Action (AA) policy.

The union will act on behalf of four Coloured and one white employee.

Geonita Baartman, Linda-Jean Fortuin, Andrè Jonkers, Christopher February and Pieter Dawidshad were passed over for promotion because of the department's demographic criteria.

Solidarity's Dirk Herman said AA has a negative effect on Coloureds, who form the majority in the Western Cape, but not nationally.

"They use national demographics, which is absurd."

The Correctional Services Department held interviews with the five candidates back in 2010.

Dawidshad was applying for the position of Assistant Director of Human Resources Administration.

He was the chosen candidate for the position.

None of the other candidates were qualified for the position, yet Dawidshad was not appointed because the principle of absolute representation was applied.

The post was then left vacant.

Dawidshad has been with the department since 1986 and has 24 years experience in human resources administration.