Thando Mahlangu: Centre Manager Says He Was 'Protecting Others' Rights'

Thando Mahlangu: Centre Manager Says He Was 'Protecting Others' Rights'

- The case involving Ndebele activist and author Thando Mahlangu is still making headlines thanks to the Boulders Mall Centre Manager

- Jose Maponyane alleged that he told the traditionally-dressed Mahlangu to leave the Clicks store he was in as he was 'protecting' the rights of others

- Mahlangu and Maponyane's exchange was captured on video and widely shared on social media

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The centre manager of Boulders Mall in Midrand, Jose Maponyane, spoke to the CRL Commission following a complaint by Ndebele activist, Thando Mahlangu, after allegedly being forced to leave the mall.

Maponyane allegedly forced Mahlangu to leave the mall for being dressed in traditional attire, which he deemed to be inappropriate. Maponyane was summoned by the CRL Commission to present the chance for him to explain the incident that took place at Boulders Mall on 24 March.

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Maponyane addressed the CRL Rights Commission, stating that he intended to protect the rights of other customers since Mahlangu was 'unusually' dressed.

Traditional attaire, apology from manager, boulders mall
The centre manager at Boulders Mall stated he was protecting the rights of other customers when Thando Mahlangu was wearing traditional attire. Image: @thandomahlangu
Source: Twitter

Following reports by SABC News Maponyane confirmed that he had apologised extensively for the unfortunate situation, however, he believes that the incident was taken out of context.

He continues by saying that before the video was taken, Mahlangu and himself had a cordial conversation in which he asked him to cover up more of his body as fellow customers were feeling uncomfortable around him.

According to TimesLIVE, Commission Chair Luka Mosoma, stated that the incident should be taken as a lesson by fellow South Africans. The incident between Mahlangu and Maponyane did not occur too long ago.

Previously, Briefly News reported that Ndebele activist and author Thando Mahlangu was humiliated when a mall manager told him to leave the Clicks store in the Boulders Shopping Centre in Midrand due to his attire.

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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).

"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."

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