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Lawyer slams calls to fire WC white civil servants

Cosatu on Thursday said if the ANC win back the WC, all white civil servants should be sacked.

Cosatu on Thursday said if the ANC win back the WC, all white civil servants should be sacked.

A Cape Town labour lawyer has lambasted the latest calls made by Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

Cosatu in the Western Cape called for white civil servants to be sacked if the African National Congress (ANC) wins back the province in the upcoming elections.

The federation said by firing white people and filling those positions with people of colour, the Cape's demographics will be better balanced.

Lawyer Michael Bagraim said the calls were reckless.

"It creates all sorts of problems. Most of all it's the perception that white employees are going to lose their jobs."

He added that "It is reckless to the extent that it will undermine government, the country and certainly is wrong for the future of the country."

ZILLE SLAMS REMARKS

Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader Helen Zille on Thursday slammed the remarks which were made by Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich.

He said 57 percent of senior management positions in provincial government were held by white people.

But Zille said, "The statistics are a total lie and he knows it. It's a total lie."

She argued 65 percent of positions are occupied by black and coloured officials.

Ehrenreich said by firing white people and filling those positions with staff officials of colour, the Western Cape's demographics will be better balanced.

"We've got to ensure that the jobs that are there are more evenly distributed across all race groups and in that regard, whites are basically overrepresented."

Zille said the calls were nonsensical.