The manager of a South African mall has been suspended for attempting to deny admission to a shopper dressed in traditional ethnic dress.
A video of the incident at Boulders Shopping Centre in Johannesburg showed the manager saying the traditional Ndebele attire was “not decent”.
“We’ve got the right of admission. I don’t condone this in my mall,” he was heard saying.
Saddest reality in Africa, I was subjected to inside the @Clicks_SA store at The Boulders Shopping Center. By the center manager, who said it was his shopping complex. I was told that I'm wearing inappropriate I must go & Omega risk solutions harassed me #NdebeleTwitter pic.twitter.com/klzmTQspJO
— #WeNeedAmaNdebeleOnTV (@thandomahlangu_) March 24, 2021
Mall owner Redefine Properties on Thursday said the incident was “most regrettable” in a statement that announced the manager’s suspension, local media report.
The Ndebele people live in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa.