MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: WEDNESDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2018
ATTENTION: ALL MEDIA HOUSES AND REPRESENTATIVES
SUBJECT: ALLEGED RACIST EMAIL PURPORTED TO BE WRITTEN BY A CCMA SENIOR COMMISSIONER
The CCMA is aware of the tweet which published the alleged racist email, purported to have been written and sent by a Senior Commissioner and sent in error to CCMA colleagues. Given the materiality of the matter, an urgent preliminary investigation was launched and at this stage, it appears that the email is fake. The CCMA records show that the alleged Game hearing was not presided over by the concerned Senior Commissioner on that day, no staff member of the CCMA has come forth to confirm receipt of such an email, and the recipient of the alleged email is unknown to the CCMA.
The CCMA has requested the EFF Councillor who published the email on twitter to furnish the CCMA with the original email; a response is yet to be received. It is also suspect that the twitter account that published the alleged email was created on the same day of the publication. Also, it is suspicious that the alleged email surfaced amidst investigations of certain CCMA senior staff members.
A further investigation is ongoing to attempt to determine the source and authenticity of the alleged email. The concerned Senior Commissioner is in full co-operation and has offered all his technology for investigation. Should the outcome be contrary to the preliminary report, the necessary action will be taken. Equally, should it be confirmed that the email is indeed fake, the CCMA will consider its legal options as it will consider this incident as a direct attack on its integrity, brand and reputation.
The CCMA, in all its conduct, upholds the values of the Constitution of South Africa and all Employment Laws. Racially inflammable conduct is condemned in the strongest possible terms. The CCMA remains committed to being an independent dispute resolution institution which aims to render expeditious social justice to the labour market and transform workplaces.
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