Our expert says:
Sadly, your story, though it grealy annoys me, doesn't surprise me at all ; as I have also experienced, for years, many forms o discrimination and damage for having behaved honorably during the bad old days. And, like you, I find it amazing how many people in SA are like the Germans who at the end of World War 2 not only insisted that they had never been Nazis, but that they'd never met one and knew nothing of any of the nasty stuff that had been going on --- and here, they even have the cheek to claim that they were some form of secretly heroic freedom fighter, even though their opposition to the bad deeds was totally invisible to everyone.
I disagree very srongly with Winnie --- in my experience, racists continue to prosper in a good many companies, and it is highly naive to claim otherwise. What happened to all the racists of yesteryear --- did every single one of them undergo a sudden total conversion ? Or were all of them removed from every company ?
Your former work associated ( the blck guy you helped ) ought to be able to be an effective witness on your behalf ) --- this sounds like the sort of discrimintion that should be taken to the CCMA ( with your supervisor warned that the resultant major publicity might not be good for his career ) and perhaps the Human Rights Commission. Absolutely definitely see a good Labour Lawyer to assist you with the disciplinary hearing --- to make such a fuss about a few minutes discrepancy, and not allowing for unloading and stowing equipment, is far more than petty, it's ery obviously deliberately malicious.
You can't afird to back down now, and they are breaking the rules, possibly even the law, if they've been behaving in the way you describe.
Xerxes is wrong to invent some snivelling "ashamed-to-be-white" aspct in your message --- like an inkblot test, finding somehing that isn't there, is highly revealing of your own thoughts, Xerxes. Of course there are also problems o coruption and reverse racism, etc., but that's not the problem in this specific instance.
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