- Mugg & Bean has acknowledged the scandal surrounding one of its part-shareholders after they posted a racially charged image on social media
- Russell Kruger, who owns part of one of the restaurants, has been embroiled in a scandal after he posted a picture of his son with his face painted black
- Kruger went on to joke that he would be applying for business grants by 'using' the child in question, hinting that he would have better luck
An East London Mugg & Bean owner is tangled up in controversy after posting a racially charged image to social media.
Hinting that he would have better luck receiving a business grant if he was black, Russell Kruger posted an offensive image to social media.
Kruger painted the face of one of his children black, posting the photo to Instagram captioned
"Using my kids to apply for business grants hope we come right."
The post has been shrouded in scandal with numerous individuals offended by the connotation of the message behind it.
With the incident slammed as undeniably racist, Mugg & Bean has since responded to the incident with a statement vowing that Kruger would be immediately taken on.
Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi has weighed in on the incident, commenting that:
"I hate racism with a passion, but I am addicted to non-racialism."
A petition for the Human Rights Commission to place charges of racism against Kruger has gained traction, with over 1 800 signatures added to the movement in the space of just a few hours.
Azola Mayekiso commented that Kruger should have his license to trade revoked, explaining that:
"His licence to trade must be revoked, for him to insult the very hand that feeds him- black clientele of East London, is a disgrace. He is a despicable human being who is passing on his prejudices to his children."
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance had questioned the morality of excluding white-owned businesses from receiving the economic relief packages on offer due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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