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protestNews24 reports that as the nationwide Clicks shutdown by the EFF drew to a close last week, another picket was held on Friday, this time outside a BMW dealership in Cape Town.  

This followed a news report of an advertisement to fill a vacancy, preferably by a white man or woman.  A small group of people stood outside the BMW SMG dealership in Century City with placards that read ‘Stop employing white males only’ and ‘BMW Stop SMG Racism’.  As police monitored the protest, EFF member and former provincial legislature MPL Yusuf Joseph commented:  “It may look petty in terms of racism, but if we don't address these issues it will become a boiling point within our different communities.”  He indicated that the Sean McCarthy Group (SMG) and the EFF would meet this week to discuss the matter and that provincial leadership would attend.  Dealer principal Ryan Rheeder commented at the scene that the information in the public domain about the matter was incorrect:  "We are an innocent party here.  We are not racist.  There was no job to fill.”  Rheeder explained that the company's marketing manager had resigned and emigrated, and an external recruitment agency had gotten wind of that and had seen an opportunity to do business by filling the post.  Rheeder was at pains to indicate the company was not racist, with 35% of its staff white, and specialist training programmes under way for young black people.  He said, if there were to be any protests, they should be at the recruitment company Julian Schlemmer and Associates.  EFF provincial chairperson Melikhaya Xego said they were satisfied that on Friday the company had immediately "humbled themselves" and agreed to a meeting.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jenni Evans at News24

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