Solidarity takes aim at M-Net over competition’s rejection of whites


Trade union Solidarity has reportedly threatened to lodge a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) over an advertisement that excludes whites from applying for a paid internship.

In a statement, Solidarity Head, Dirk Groenewald, said the advertisement by pay-TV broadcaster M-Net, which encourages black, Indian and coloured South Africans to submit details for its Magic in Motion Academy, not only discriminates against whites, but also contravenes the provisions of the Employment Equity Act.

“The said advertisement boils down to nothing but the total exclusion of white people and amounts to a quota system [which] the legislation prohibits,” Groenewald said.

“Moreover, the courts, including the Constitutional Court, have already found that the use of a quota system as well as the exclusion of people based on the grounds of their skin colour is unlawful”.

M-Net CEO Yolisa Phahle has however told the SABC the broadcaster aims to provide an equal foothold by employing people from the said groups, who were previously left out.


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