'Whites not truly welcome'

'Whites not truly welcome'

2012-07-13 18:04

Cape Town - White people are alienated from the public service due to the government's policy of absolute representation on the basis of race, said trade union Solidarity.

This hampers the appointment and promotion possibilities for whites in the public service.

The union's comments follow the call by Nkosinathi Nhleko, the director general of the department of labour, to young white people to pursue a career in the public service.

According to Dirk Groenewald, head of Solidarity's department of labour court Law, this invitation shows that the government's stance on affirmative action differs from day to day.

"The trade union's more than 25 affirmative action cases against institutions such as the South African Police Service and the department of corrective services show that the government's invitation to white youth to work in the public service contradicts what happens at state and semi-state institutions in practice," he said.

The government's previous statements on affirmative action have already alienated white people and offer a strong contrast with Nhleko's statements, said Groenewald.

"The state has lost its credibility as an employer where a white person can build a career," he said.

Groenewald said that if the government wants to draw young white people to the public service, they will have to do more than merely extend an invitation.

"The government should rather start revising its irrational affirmative action goals as well as its application."

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  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-13 18:14

    Amen to that! There is a snowballs chance in hell of it ever improving!

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-07-13 18:25

      Any white person that seeks employment in the Public Service is a fool. Unless you have no desire of ever getting promoted. Rather develop skills so that you can work in the private sector and build a career.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-13 18:47

      I said yesterday the ruling party turns the way the wind blows. Here goes again. I agree wholeheartedly with Solidarity

      jack.bleck - 2012-07-13 19:00

      the only public that get served in SA are those in the ANC top brass. So glad I've left. Miss the beauty of the country, family and friends, but am ever so glad to no longer be at the mercy of those incompetent idiots. Maybe prospective government ministers should also do a "zuma year" or two, on 10% of the salary...

      alan.smart.102 - 2012-07-13 19:23

      My views http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/FEAR-The-driver-behind-white-economic-power-20120624

  • Gerasimos - 2012-07-13 18:17

    When the government and other racist departments in power start realizing that the whites have the skills, motivation, patriotism, and desire to fulfill the need and role in administering this country SA will become a better place. Taste and you will see it is good!

      thebe.tau - 2012-07-13 18:25

      That is where you are wrong baba, it has nothing to do with whites having more skill.

      colin.dovey - 2012-07-13 18:31

      Without BEE it be all about South Africans having more skill - and pride - we would then HELP one another toward becoming the really great nation that we REALLY are!

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-13 18:49

      Oh don't be thick Thebe - read what she said - the word more doesn't appear in her comment anywhere!

      Dee - 2012-07-13 18:53

      Thebe - I don't see the words "more skill" in geras post? .... Whilst some posters are insulting - I read this post as a request / wish to be able to contribute to the country..... Are you not being a little over-sensitive?

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-07-13 18:19

    Good as too many africans are denied promotions even with qualifications and experience in the private sector.

      colin.dovey - 2012-07-13 19:00

      Humphrey Mmmmmmemesi provided a good example......did he not (Pinnochio nose)

      tobydt - 2012-07-13 19:11

      Harsher penalties and fining of public institutions for sidelining whites is required yesterday.

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-07-13 18:20

    Don't you have to be related to someone to get a job in the public service? Is that not the criteria?

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-13 18:45

      That's what I heard too

      Renny - 2012-07-13 19:18

      A criminal record guarantees instant promotion.

  • thebe.tau - 2012-07-13 18:22

    Its not exactly that, it depends on the racial diversity in a political party that runs the particular municipality, if more whites join the ANC then the racial make up will be evident in that municipality.

      thebe.tau - 2012-07-13 18:31

      ...and I'm not saying whites should join the ANC, if you look at the Western Cape you will find that almost all positions are filled with DA members, otherwise why take the credit of the good work if its not your members in a municipality doing the work.

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-07-13 18:35

      So, when you apply for a position, you have to declare which party you belong to?

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-13 18:37

      Its not like they doing you any favors and the only people the care about is themselves...as soon as I can I am immigrating

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-13 18:41

      Bon voyage Cass...

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-07-13 18:43

      Thebe the DA apoint competant people regardless their politcal affinity. Compentecy is the success!

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-13 18:44

      And if you look at the Western Cape it works,doesnt exist on nepotism!

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-13 18:30

    You will always be working under a clueless boss. Let they mess it up by themselves and not blame it on 1% whites.

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-07-13 18:37

      Let's hope your boss is not reading your comment.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-13 18:42

      Stop working for your Hubby then...

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-07-13 18:33

    The less I have to interact with any Public service the better. Had a smash and grab 2 days ago went to Parow Police Station CT to obtain a Police number for insurance purposes. They had no forms and had to get someone to drive through to Bellville for more. Took me 3 hours to get the number. They must change their name to Public Dis-Servive

  • Greg - 2012-07-13 18:40

    This policy is applied when it suits them, but when they need doctors this policy changes. What a bunch of knobs.

  • bfvillet - 2012-07-13 18:49

    dont listen to solidarity apply they are just using you to score political points

      bfvillet - 2012-07-13 18:54

      also ignore the disilusioned losers here embrace south africa and become part of the civil service ask not what your country can do for you viva sa

  • angela.clegg.7 - 2012-07-13 18:50

    I agree, let them change the Constitution first otherwise its just more hot air.

  • alwyn.carstens.79 - 2012-07-13 18:50

    To date I could not figure out why? Please help. Why is it that all European and Americas (mainly white economies) can live without the African continent yet it does not apply the another way around. Is it because Africa believe affirmative action is the solution to world poverty to the detriment of any "white" oppositon?

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-13 18:51

    This is really old news that's why they have BEE, BEE is nice way of saying whites go away

      tobydt - 2012-07-13 23:44

      victor - "It is difficult to understand how the younger generation continues to live like their Fathers." Its easy to understand. Look at the ANCYL, and you will understand.

  • george.pito - 2012-07-13 19:04

    Excuse me wake up. This is the case in most private companies also now adays. They follow this rules not much different than the state to get work. There is so many white proffesionals in this country marginlised in there careers even in the private sector. Then in all respect a party like the DA does more harm than good. They turned to politics fighting for the vote not for for the country. They fight every iniative/tender and in the end nothing happens.

      tobydt - 2012-07-13 19:18

      Nothing happens anyways dude. Thank goodness we have the DA fighting for us. Otherwise we would have MAT/POI and a R2 billion, 300 seater jet for Jacob.

  • llewellyn.williams - 2012-07-13 19:13

    This is all at the expense of skills. Why not use the skills we have among even white people to train non-whites to have them. If we do not use the power that lies in mentoring then we lose much of the skills we now possess

  • danie.strydom.7 - 2012-07-15 19:41


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