These were the racist remarks of a licensing officer which has now cost him his job:
Sharples said when he entered the supervisor’s office the official told him in an “angry and aggressive” tone: “you white people sometimes, you make me sick. I am talking to you … you white people. I’ve had a lot of you … white people, you white people, I don’t like”.
The official later said in the supervisor’s office that he hated white people, Sharples said.
“I hate these white people.”
The licensing department official who came under fire for alleged aggression and racist utterances against a client in Bedfordview last month, has been fired with immediate effect, the City of Ekurhuleni confirmed on Tuesday.
The municipality said it “acted swiftly to institute disciplinary processes” following “egregious racist remarks” and aggression against a client.
“The official failed to make a substantive written submission on why his contract should not be terminated. Subsequently, the city had no option but to dismiss the employee with immediate effect,” said spokesperson Themba Gabede.
He said the city viewed the conduct as “constituting exceptional circumstances” as envisaged in the Labour Relations Act, whereby pre-dismissal procedures may be dispensed with.
A client who witnessed and intervened during the incident, Gavin Sharples, earlier said he had been at the licensing department to renew his driver’s licence when he witnessed an official “berating, insulting and humiliating” a young man who was there for his learner’s or driver’s licence. He lodged a complaint about the way the young man was treated.