Wednesday, March 31, 2021

S.Africa mall manager suspended for barring shopper in traditional wear

 The manager of a South African mall was suspended Thursday for asking a shopper in traditional ethnic dress to leave a store, saying the attire was "not decent".

AFP

A video recording of the incident at the Boulders Shopping Centre in Johannesburg was widely circulated among outraged social media users on Wednesday.

The footage shows the manager confronting Ndebele activist Thando Mahlangu for shopping at local pharmacy chain Clicks in a multi-coloured shawl and porcupine quills.

"We have the right of admission and I don't condone this in my mall... it is not decent," he told Mahlangu, who protested his right to remain in the store.

In a country that remains deeply sensitive about insults to culture given its apartheid past, the terse exchange drew ire online, where many South Africans accused the black manager of discrimination.

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