Man aims to sue Gautrain for denying him access due to Ndebele outfit

Man aims to sue Gautrain for denying him access due to Ndebele outfit

Gautrain faces conceivable legal action after a man wearing customary Ndebele clothing was not permitted to board a train as he was deemed to be dressing inappropriately.

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Thando Mahlangu was denied access to board at one of the Gautrain’s stations in Johannesburg.

His attorney, Benny Buthelezi, revealed to Talk Radio 702's that Mahlangu had been embarrassed by the incident.

Amid the meeting, Buthelezi blamed Gautrain's top administration for neglecting to manage the issue and of supporting its security gatekeepers' choice to ban Mahlangu from boarding a train.

Mahlangu additionally needs compensation, guaranteeing that he lost cash due to the business meeting he missed.

Based on a tweet shared, Mahlangu allegedly lost out on a potential R4500 business transaction.

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According to Jack van der Merwe, the company's CEO, he issued an apology to Mahlangu.

In any event, Buthelezi claims that the expression of remorse was just made through the media and not to him directly.

Gauteng's Transport MEC, Ismael Vadi, additionally said it was unsuitable that the 34-year-old was dismissed due to his traditional attire.

South Africans made their voices heard on social media with many vocalising their support of Mahlangu.

Some labelled the policy elitist as traditional wear should never be prohibited. Others questioned whether the Gautrain has a specific dress code.

In response, the company seemingly issued a statement of clarity via social media stating that it does not ban any cultural attire. They also apologised for the "isolated incident".

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