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jeffradebeThe Citizen reports that energy minister Jeff Radebe appeared before the Equality Court on Thursday in respect of a racial discrimination case brought by trade union Solidarity.  

This related to Radebe time as justice minister when he refused to promote magistrate Martin Kroukamp to the post of senior magistrate at the Alberton Magistrate’s court.  According to the union, the minister “blatantly ignored” the Magistrates Commission’s recommendation in 2014 to promote Kroukamp to the senior position at the court, “believing that appointing Kroukamp would not promote transformation”.  Solidarity said the case was a typical example of the government’s “thoughtless” pursuit of transformation targets at the expense of merits.  It said Radebe’s actions deprived the public of “a competent and skilled magistrate because of his skin colour”.  The proceedings are due to continue.

  • Read Batandwa Malingo’s short original report at The Citizen

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