COSATU disturbed at recurring racism

penny sparrowBy NJABULO BUTHELEZI in Durban, KZN

DURBAN, (CAJ News) – THE Congress of South African Trade Union’s (COSATU’s) KwaZulu Natal branch has expressed outrage at the continuing  racial attitudes, describing it as a reminder of the infamous apartheid.

The sentiments follow a woman based in the province, Penny Sparrow, who labeled blacks as “monkeys” in the wake of festive season celebrations.

“Our main concern is that this opens wounds and reminds us of the very bitter history of apartheid, where whites had all the privileges at the expense of blacks,” COSATU KZN Provincial Secretary, Edwin Mkhize.

He said last year COSATU KZN raised concerns that racism was not completely dismantled.

Mkhize said while laws had been passed and policies adopted the reality is that racism was a daily experience at workplaces.

He said other participants in the conversation Sparrow initiated should also be investigated.

“We are also aware that Sparrow was not alone in this conversation; there are others who were involved, where one of the white participants indicated that it was a blessing that centuries ago whites came to South Africa. Therefore her matter should not be treated in isolation of the whole.

He said the Public Protector needs to quickly pronounce action with very clear time frames to be taken against Sparrow.

“As COSATU in the Province of KwaZulu Natal we will follow and monitor this matter to the end, and as we have done before, we will be campaigning vigorously for such perpetrators to be brought to book and named and shamed for their irresponsible conducts.”

– CAJ News

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