Boulders centre manager in hot water for heckling ‘Ndebele’ shopper [video]
A centre manager from Boulders shopping centre in Midrand, Gauteng, has come under fire for openly discriminating against a customer for his dressing choices.
Watch: Boulders centre manager heckles shopper at Clicks store
Footage of the incident quickly spread on social media, drawing ire from people who could not fathom how a Tswana native found the customer’s Ndebele attire disturbing.
The centre manager who, at this time, remains unidentified, could be heard saying, on multiple occasions, that he would not allow a man clad in traditional wear to roam around ‘his’ mall.
Saddest reality in Africa, I was subjected to inside the @Clicks_SA store at The Boulders Shopping Center. By the center manager, who said it was his shopping complex. I was told that I'm wearing inappropriate I must go & Omega risk solutions harassed me #NdebeleTwitter pic.twitter.com/klzmTQspJO— #WeNeedAmaNdebeleOnTV (@thandomahlangu_) March 24, 2021
Clicks releases statement on Boulders heckler
After numerous attempts to get Boulders’ security to remove the man from the store, the centre manager was asked to leave, according to a statement released by Clicks on Wednesday evening.
“Clicks Midrand Boulders did not ask a customer dressed in Ndebele traditional wear to leave the Clicks store. The centre manager of Boulders, accompanied by Boulders centre security, entered the Clicks store and demanded that the customer leave,” the retail group that has, in recent times, been meddled in racial rows.
Clicks confirmed that after the situation had begun escalating, the store manager intervened and “asked the centre manager to leave.”
“The customer was allowed to continue shopping. We are extremely embarrassed by the centre manager’s behaviour and will be putting in a formal complaint,” the retail giant added.
At the time this article was published, the mall had not issued a public statement on the events that transpired on Wednesday. Here are some of the reactions we picked out from the trending topic.