Gumtree removes user's advert for 'nice smelling domestic worker'

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An advertisement seeking a “nice smelling” domestic worker prepared to work seven days a week for R2000 has been removed from Gumtree.

The advert which caused outrage when it was circulated on social media‚ was described as racist and “slave labour”.

“Youre expected to be diligent‚ willing‚ hardworking smart and quick (sic)‚” the advert‚ posted by a resident living in Cape Town’s southern suburbs.

“Youre required to follow instructions and clean thoroughly & maticulously (sic). (the way I want).

“You should have no illness. Youre expected to be clean and smell good and bath and change everyday (and twice a day if necessary.

“Work is sleep in Monday to Sunday. 2 Sundays off every month (sic)‚” it added.

Estelle Nagel‚ speaking on behalf of Gumtree‚ told TMG Digital on Friday that the advert was “clearly exploitative”.

“We are very aware of the advert … we were very concerned about it. It is clearly exploitative“.

Nagel said as an investigation was launched into the advert‚ the person who uploaded it had removed it. Gumtree‚ she said‚ would monitor the account.

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