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Kouga's 'whites encouraged to apply' ad is evidence of an irrational Council: former Cllr

By Afikile Lugunya - Jul 11, 2017
Kouga's 'whites encouraged to apply' ad is evidence of an irrational Council: former Cllr

The Kouga Local Municipality was on Monday forced to backtrack and retract a statement on its online advertisement for General Workers that specifically encouraged "white males and females" to apply after public outcry.

The statement, which has since been taken down read; "White males and females are especially encouraged to apply."

Speaking to RNEWS, Phumzile Oliphant, a former ANC Kouga Local Municipality Councillor and Mayoral Committee Member responsible for Local Economic Development, said that he found the advert strange.

“I find it very strange to note that a DA-led Council under the Mayor, Elza Van Lingen, will go out and recruit people upon the basis of race," he said.

“I find the advert very disgusting and racially based at its worst.”

Oliphant said that the Kouga Local Municipality has always subscribed to Employment Equity targets as prescribed by labour legislation in the country.

“Employment equity is a legislated point, which all employers must adhere to, but the way it is weighed out is on the percentages of race in that municipality,” he described.

“The black population remains the highest and you cannot measure your employment equity in terms of categories.

“You measure your employment equity on the total overall payroll of an institution - clearly the intentions of the municipality in Kouga is to intentionally build numbers of white people and in doing so with the intention to weaken Kouga.

“The other observation would be the DA wants to eradicate the high population of black employees of Kouga and eliminate them on the system by boosting white employees.

“So, it cannot be allowed, I have been saying that the decisions taken by Elza are irrational.” 

Oliphant also accused the Executive Mayor and her Council of  changing the Kouga Local Municipality's logo to blue to "reflect blue which is the colour of the DA as a political party".

“It’s clear that their mission is to employ people with the DA’s membership card and that cannot be allowed,” he said.

“The people of Kouga must stand up and show their disappointments and disbursements that the DA is embarking on. The DA remains the racist political party which is luring people through employment, the vulnerable is actually lured to be the members of the DA to get employment.”