'Companies would rather pay penalties than engage in serious transformation'

The Department of Employment and Labour's deputy director-general Aggy Moiloa says companies would rather pay a penalty than engage in issues of serious transformation.

Moila spoke to Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala Show on issues of exploitation where women are concerned, representation and the existing gender wage gap.

Speaking on the the department's interventions to address these, as well as employment equity in the public and private sectors, Moila says laws are in place but non compliance is rife.

We have got different offerings in our department in terms of our employment law, the first one is employment equity. So our inspectors will normally go and conduct equity-related inspections - where we find areas of non-compliance, we then issue out notices.

Aggy Moiloa, Deputy director-general - Department of Employment and Labour

If they are still not complying after those notices have been issued, then the route we explore is prosecution through referrals to the labour court.

Aggy Moiloa, Deputy director-general - Department of Employment and Labour

When it comes to employment equity, the picture is quite bleak. Non-compliance is quite rife and also given the fact that the penalties are quite lenient and companies would rather just budget for them and pay off those penalties rather than engage in issues of serious transformation.

Aggy Moiloa, Deputy director-general - Department of Employment and Labour

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