Audit firm PricewaterhouseCooper has promptly fired an executive after he racially-abused a black family at Cape Town International Airport. This comes after Alistair Hofert allegedly harassed a family while intoxicated, with a case of crimen injuria opened with law enforcement.
Alistair Hofert has been dismissed as associate director at PwC following a racially-charged attack on a family at an airport.
According to IOL, Hofert had been intoxicated when he attacked Bulelani Ngcauzele and her family, who had been saying goodbye to her stepfather.
In posts to social media, Ngcauzele claimed that her family had been minding their own business when the attack took place:
"Last night at Cape Town International, this man in this video came up to my mom DRUNK and swearing and going on about how this country is so f*cked because of “you people”. He profiled my mom and continued to drunkenly throw racial slurs at her."
Ngcauzele revealed that repeated requests for him to leave the family alone had gone ignored, with security allegedly doing nothing to intervene.
Luckily, an airline employee had called the police, who had apprehended Hofert, and a case of crimen injuria was opened against the executive.
Meanwhile, PwC has revealed that the high-ranking employee has been dismissed following an inquiry into the incident, releasing a statement commenting that:
“PwC can confirm that the employee who was involved in a racist incident at Cape Town International Airport on Thursday evening has left the firm with immediate effect following disciplinary steps initiated by the firm over the weekend pending a formal investigation into the incident by senior leadership of the firm."
The company made it clear that they have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to racism, vowing to act 'strongly and decisively' against any employee who violates the company's values.
Hofert had not responded to requests for comment at the time of publication.
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