- JP Peens, a current student, has taken a stand against Volkswagen Motorsport after they refused to let him race because he is white
- The Volkswagen Motorsport add read that: “Candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 24 years, be of colour, and must not have held a National MSA circuit racing licence”
- AgriForum Youth have sent a letter, on behalf of JP, to Volkswagen South Africa and Volkswagen Head Office and have demanded that the discriminatory criteria be abolished
Volkswagen Motorsport is being brought to task by a young white student who believes they have acted unfairly in their hiring process. JP Peens is demanding that Volkswagen retract their discriminatory hiring procedure and give him a fair chance.
Volkswagen accused of racist hiring practices
A firm Volkswagen fan, JP decided to try out to become a Volkswagen racer after seeing an advert on social media. He arrived at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town, ready to race, only to be told he would not be allowed to participate due to his colour. JP has commented that he is devastated by what has happened as he has been a Volkswagen fan for years, and was hoping to be able to apply for an opportunity to join the company as a racer.
JP is a member of Agriforum and has approached the organisation for assistance in this matter. Afriforum has taken the matter on and is demanding that Volkswagen South Africa, as well as Volkswagen Head Office, change the discriminatory process currently in place.
Racism is no new concept to South Africa, and Briefly.co.za recently featured an article with a video showing how strangers react when a white woman is slammed for adopting a black child. This article gives insight into another racist episode and the innocent victims who are victims in these situations.
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