Affirmative Action case returns to court

The officials claim they've been unfairly passed over for promotion because of their race.

The case between Correctional Services and employees over its Affirmative Action plan goes back to court. Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - A court case challenging the country's Affirmative Action policies will resume in the Cape Town Labour Court on Monday.

Trade union, Solidarity, is representing several Western Cape Correctional Services Department officials, who claim they've been unfairly passed over for promotion because of their race.

In April the trade union launched a legal bid after the employees, who are coloured, cried foul.

Solidarity's Dirk Groenewald said they have a strong case.

"We hope that the parties can agree on some facts so that we can start reading evidence from the department. We're looking forward to hearing from the department exactly what their justification is for what they did."

Earlier this year the ANC in the Western Cape said Solidarity's court action against the Correctional Services Department and its Affirmative Action Plan is unnecessary.

ANC Provincial Chairman Marius Fransman said while they believe there may be a problem with Correctional Services' Affirmative Action Plan, the matter should not play out in court but should rather be dealt with by national government.

Fransman accused Solidarity of stirring up racial antagonism between black and coloured people.