- Traditional leaders are not happy with Boulders Shopping Centre in Midrand after Ndebele activist and author Thando Mahlangu told to leave a Clicks store
- He was wearing traditional Ndebele clothing which the manager had allegedly deemed to be 'inappropriate'
- The traditional leaders demand compensation and an apology from the manager
Ndebele activist and author Thando Mahlangu was humiliated this week when a mall manager told him to leave the Clicks store in the Boulders Shopping Centre in Midrand due to his attire.
iKosi Mkhambi Mahlangu of the amaNdebele Ndzundza Sokhulumi Traditional Authority has demanded that the manager must apologise and pay damages (ihlawulo) to the nation and amaNdebele people.
He revealed this during a visit to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday.
The centre manager denied Ndebele activist and author, Thando Mahlangu, entry to the mall because he was allegedly not dressed in a decent manner. The video of the incident went viral on Twitter a few days ago.
"Mzansi Thank you very much for the support you have shown and the support you have Shown for South African languages and Cultures. I really appreciate you. Let's protect and develop our languages and cultures. Ngiyathokoza."
This is not the first time Mahlangu had been discriminated against due to his clothing. In 2019 Mahlangu was denied access to board at one of the Gautrain’s stations in Johannesburg.
"@TheGautrain I'm refused to bought Gautrain from park station to pta because I'm wearing IsiNdebele. I'm wearing my cultural clothing as the results I lost R4500, as I'm late for my appointment. @CyrilRamaphosa @Dailysunsa @EFFSouthAfrica @Julius_S_Malema @tumisole @AdvBarryRoux"
Briefly.co.za reported that many outraged people took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the manager's behaviour.
Mzansi celebs also took to the platform to share their thoughts on the action taken by the manager. Briefly.co.za takes a look at three entertainers who reacted to the video.
In other news, Clicks South Africa has promised to take action after an incident in which a man dressed in traditional Ndebele attire was refused entry at a shopping mall in Midrand.
A video has surfaced and it's going viral on Twitter, showing a man in a Ndebele outfit being denied entry by a Boulders Shopping Centre manager in Midrand - the incident led to the pharmaceutical company's intervention.
In the video, the man is seen approached by another man dressed in a red jacket, referred to as the centre manager, he then asked him to vacate the premises as they have the right of admission.
According to the video, the manager says:
"Let's cut a long story short. We've got a right of admission. I don't condone this in my mall."
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