Uproar over firm's 'no Indians' ad

2012-08-29 12:48

Cape Town - The world's media was abuzz on Wednesday over a racist job advertisement a contractor of Australia's second-largest supermarket chain Coles published on the Gumtree website.

The ad, which was posted on Sunday, bars Indians or Asians from applying. It read: "Store requires no Indians or Asians please. Must speak English (sic)".

The ad was looking for cleaners for a supermarket at Eastlands Shopping Centre in Hobart, according to reports on CNN, BBCNews, in the Indian media and local Australian news websites.

The ad also triggered outrage on social media sites, with people calling for a boycott of the store.

According to local Australian newspaper The Mercury, the ad was later removed from the site.

BBCNews reported on Wednesday that a Coles spokesperson admitted the ad was posted by a contract company responsible for cleaning its Rosny store.

"The ad was placed without Coles' knowledge and we were extremely concerned to learn of the ad and its contents," spokesperson Jim Cooper said.

Tasmania's anti-discrimination commissioner Robin Banks was quoted as saying that she wanted to track down the cleaning contractor to pursue possible legal action.

"It's unlawful to blanket preclude a person because of their race," she said.

She said both the company offering the position and the publisher of the advert could be subject to legal action.

"Gumtree is probably in breach (of the law) as well because the act says you can't publish or display... material that is discriminatory," The Economic Times in India quoted Banks as saying.

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  • lydonmcg - 2012-08-29 12:55

    Gumtree in trouble? Oh please...that's just going way too far.

      philani.goba - 2012-08-30 14:39

      not really..they are supposed to review all adds before posting

  • ngermishuizen - 2012-08-29 13:01

    and yet the world says nothing about AA/ BEE in SA! The exclusion of a minority group is only deemed racist if they are of anything but white!!!!!! What bigots!

  • paula.m.smith.10 - 2012-08-29 13:01

    Umm, is this not what is happening in SA all of the time? SAA springs to mind...

  • jono.bowling - 2012-08-29 13:03

    Well we have only AA or EE positions advertised in SA which basically means no white applicants....How is that different?

  • cherri.pye.5 - 2012-08-29 13:05

    "It's unlawful to blanket preclude a person because of their race," she said. Not in South Africa, it isn't!

  • blatherwick.ashburner - 2012-08-29 13:10

    And in South Africa ads are couched in PC language like "affirmative action" or "employment equity" when it really means "White people will not be considered". International Human Rights - you listening???

      pieter.lith - 2012-08-29 14:47

      Sun International advertise their positions as African Males only, but when a white male apply then they say \sorry you are not african\. I was born in South Africa which makes me an African male. We allow this practice to happen so as long as we allow this they will go on doing it

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-08-29 16:34

      Absolute rubbish, if you see such an ad take them to court, that is if you are a suitably qualified white candidate for the post. It is unconstitutional to exclude people in this manner.

  • loodpil.lipdool - 2012-08-29 13:11

    And yet the world remains mum on SAA's "no white cadets" policy and other forms of reversed racism in SA ? This whole over zealous, one sided political correctness thing is becoming rather stupid now.

  • Andre - 2012-08-29 13:13

    Why the anger? In SA it is done for Whites in almost all occupations and places of learning even where they might be the most proficient for the job!

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-08-29 16:31

      The ignorance is breathtaking on the matter of AA or BEE. Please, my beloved whites, understand this once and for all. If any black person is appointed above you and has less experience or qualifications than you. You can challenge the appointment via the CCMA. There are a significant number of cases where the courts have overturned the appointment of a black person where it can proven that a white candidate is the more able candidate. AA only becomes relevant when candidates are more or less equal in qualifications and experience. Please, can we get this right once and for all.

  • sean.crookson - 2012-08-29 13:19

    "personal assistant (Black, Indian, Chinese,coloured only)" Quite frequent in South Africa.

  • fathima.b.khan.9 - 2012-08-29 13:21

    Ok - here's the deal - how did they come to the conclusion that, all Indians/Asians cannot speak English? So no Indians or ASian need not apply. That to me is just Stupid!!!

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 13:29

    I saw a similar advert on pnet the other said blacks need not apply.I did not see any need to 'uproar' because if you think about it...there are many other sites that hire people and those sites happen to contain the very same advert opened to everyone.let them be man.

      amehlonyosi - 2012-08-29 13:54

      I agree with you DNXUMALO, the "uproar" we see here is conveniently selective to those who benefited under the previous racist regime of apartheid and they are now cring fowl when the government is trying to redress the imbalances of the past. This is a constitutional democracy, not a banana republic,why cant' they challenge the system through the institutions (chapter 9) if they feel they are being unfairly discriminated against?

      JaredVN - 2012-08-29 14:38

      One ad as opposed to thousands of racist ads on Pnet or Careerjunction that read "AA" and "EE only"? And FYI, Solidarity has been very successful in challenging the RACIST cANCer's anti-white practices in court. But here's the thing - why do minorities need to go to court to enforce their human rights? I would advise the cANCer to be very careful because if they could struggle against racism, whites may very well do the right thing and launch our own struggle against racism, by undermining and sabotaging racism like AA and EE in any way possible.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-08-29 13:59

    Time for the world to get off its high horse, the individual right to choice cannot be invalidated by legislated thought control.

  • Ekkie Ries - 2012-08-29 14:20

    idiots gumtree cant be in trouble, its called terms and conditions

  • grant.neill.16 - 2012-08-29 14:28

    SAA advertises NO WHITE pilots!! What's the difference?

  • Nathan - 2012-08-29 14:45

    LOL.. who cares.. my business will NEVER hire a black person... in ANY position... im quite keen to put an advert in gumtree soon with the words.. WHITES ONLY... LOLOL... tell me please in what way is that different from "NON AA will not be considered"... when deciding to exclude on the basis of race... I was turned down last year for a nice position based on my white skin..( i was told bluntly BTW).. So now that I have my own expanding company.. I will decide who and who not to hire.. SORRY...WHITES ONLY

      saffaseun.inoz - 2012-08-29 23:13

      You go Nathan! Would love to work for you. I am truly Non-AA!

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-29 15:07

    It's unlawful to blanket preclude a person because of their race," she said. wish this was true here.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-29 15:55

    I am truly sorry that the ad has hurt the feelings of Indians and Asians, its not very nice to be told you are not the right colour, but the whites in South Africa have suffered the same fate, now the shoe is on the other foot.

  • Francois - 2012-08-29 16:29

    hahahah, ive seen this in Dubai before, if you ever been to dubai you can somehow understand why...

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-08-29 19:24

    the australian Abo's were only removed as vermin from australia law ,in the 70 's ...... what's new .

  • paul.groch.71 - 2012-08-30 00:29

    Yep it is only in the rest of the world that these things can be taken seriously, if we posted an add in the paper or on gumtree for a non Xhosa speaking individual that is presently disadvantaged due to AA then there would be an outcry and 34 newspaper reporters would be fired. SAA is the tip of the ice berg, the biggest problem is that on here all you that have cast your opinions wont stand up and say this in the open for fear of what may. If the paying, soft targets actually got together and started enough is enough then we would get somewhere. I agree 100% with what happened in Oz, does that make me a racist, no freedom of the press is the cornerstone of the constitution, and if we as businesses dont want to hire ethnic groups then that should be our right, if that group then does not perform then we have ourselves to blame. We have become soft, yes I am white couldnt get that good job, started a small SME and have been told that when you get bigger you will hire across the colour barrier, RRRRRIIIGGHHTTTT like that will happen. When those that preach actually come and pay our rentals and put food on our tables then maybe I will reconsider the issue again.

  • yazeed.khan1 - 2012-08-30 11:12

    I will hire people of any race as long as they can deliver and are hard working. Thats what a really top class business requires

  • hjblignaut - 2012-08-31 14:05

    Well how about SAA's online Cadette application utility that automatically disqualify any person that is white from applying to become a pilot at SAA? Discrimination much??? Look at what solidarity is requesting regarding this matter:

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