Court rules against Correctional Services

The Labour Court has dealt Correctional Services Department's Affirmative Action plans a blow.

Christopher February has accused Correctional Services of discriminating against him because of his race. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Correctional Services Department's Affirmative Action plans have been dealt a blow, in the Western Cape.

The Labour Court has granted trade union Solidarity an interdict, preventing the department from filling a disputed post.

Christopher February has accused the department of not appointing him to the position of Senior Accountant because he is Coloured.

February and Solidarity wanted the Labour Court to prevent the department from appointing anyone in the position until his discrimination case has been finalised.

February, along with four other employees claim the department has not promoted or appointed them into positions because of their race.

They claim the department wants to hire black people instead.

Correctional Services says the appointment must be in line with national Affirmative Action guidelines.

In his ruling Judge Robert Lagrange said February, who is currently in the job, should remain there until the case is concluded.