Black Motion suing British Airways for R3.7 million after racism incident

Black Motion suing British Airways for R3.7 million after racism incident

- Black Motion has decided to sue Comair, the company that owns the British Airways franchise in South Africa

- The duo's decision followed an alleged racist incident last year, which saw them escorted of a plane

- According to the music group and their team, they suffered racism and public humilation

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Following an alleged racist incident in December, which saw the two members of Black Motion being escorted off a British Airways plane by police, the duo decided to take legal action.

As Briefly.co.za reported previously, Thabo "Smol" Mabogwane and Bongani "Murdah" Mohosana were booked into business class aboard the flight but a flight attendant asked them if they would move from their seats to economy class to accommodate a white woman whose seat had apparently broken.

Now, the music group plans to launch a R3.7 million lawsuit against Comair, the company that owns British Airways in South Africa.

The duo, along with two of their team, Nicky Seema and JJ Nchabeleng, have accused the company of racism, public humiliation and falsely accusing them of terrorism, TimesLIVE reported.

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Briefly.co.za gathered the two musicians asked why they were singled out to give up their seats, which resulted in a heated argument after they were told their tickets were "worth less".

"The fact is that there were only two black people in economy and they were asked to move. When they asked why they were being chosen, they (the air hostess) told them their ticket was cheaper. We asked them why they were not accommodating us and they said they were doing so by putting us in economy," Nicky Seema, their road manager, said at the time of the incident.

The argument saw the captain having the two musicians removed from the aircraft for their "aggressive" behaviour.

According to City Press, Comair said it would launch an investigation into the incident. Letters from Comair reportedly "apologises unreservedly" and admitted that their procedures were at fault.

However, the company denies claims of racism and said downgrading occurred because of discounted tickets.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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