ANC condemns 'racist' Shoprite manager

Even though apartheid ended decades ago, racism still rears its ugly head in SA. The case of the Shoprite regional manager in Johannesburg's Southgate Mall who used the "k word" when speaking to her subordinates, shows us that we have a long road to travel in terms of nation building and social cohesion. The affected employees later opened a crimen injuria case at the Mondeor police station and two neighbouring branches closed earlier last week because of this incident.

Even though the Shoprite Group appeared to strongly condemn racism in the workplace the ANC awaits the outcomes of the disciplinary process currently taking place. Derogatory comments intended to denigrate the intelligence, humanity and beliefs of black people are rife. The use of the K-word is endemic. For many poor black people this is a part of the daily fabric of their lives and they remain vulnerable to racist treatment. The ANC will not tolerate this kind of racial discrimination, be it in schools, businesses or in the workplace. The ANC believes that concerted interventions by all sectors of society to eradicate racism are most urgent.