‘Whites pay taxes and should not be denied top positions in State owned entities’- Lekota

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  • COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota has once again defended whites in South Africa following the recent outburst by Denel Aviation black workers.

Lekota says Whites pay taxes and therefore ,  they must not be barred from occupying  top seats in State owned entity as they were citizens, especially if they have the qualification and expertise.

He was reacting to the comment credited to  Siboniso Mdletshe, Limusa general-secretary, who said they find it “disgusting and very irresponsible” for a state-owned entity like Denel to ignore the findings of the Hoefyster Employment Equity Compliance Assessment (HEECA) report and to employ a white male as the group chief executive.

The Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Limusa) on Monday rejected the appointment of Daniel du Toit as the group chief executive of State-owned arms manufacturer, Denel, saying that the minister of public enterprises must implement employment equity recommendations.

The department of public enterprises last month announced Du Toit as the new group chief executive after Cabinet approved the appointment. He is expected to assume duty on January 14, 2019.

This comes after Zwelakhe Ntshepe resigned with immediate effect as Denel chief executive in May after 20 years at the company, citing personal reasons, and was replaced with Michael Kgobe, the chief executive of subsidiary Denel Aeronautics, in an acting capacity.

Denel Land Systems’ report on employment equity compliance status pointed out areas where the company needed to improve in relation to the appointment and promotion of black South Africans.