A video of a man wearing a Ndebele traditional attire and being refused to shop at Clicks store, Boulders mall in Midrand is currently making waves on social media.
A Twitter user with the user name @thandomahlangu posted a video of himself wearing a colourful Ndebele traditional blanket with a traditional hat or crown while arguing with the shopping centre manager. He wrote: “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.”
In the video, the man can be seen arguing with a man wearing a red jacket who calls himself the owner of the mall. The man in the red jacket can be heard telling Thando to go out of the store as his not dressed decently.
A lady can also be heard saying that the man should be allowed to shop as this is Africa and one should be allowed to dress in their tradition. After much deliberation, the man in centre manager then calls security to throw him out. Watch the video below:
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
A lot of South African weighed in including Fikile Mbalula and Robert Marawa, check their reactions below:
— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) March 24, 2021
@Clicks_SA this is appalling and disgusting behaviours shown by your employee, the suppression of African Traditional wear and being downgraded to as not being “decent”. You better deal with this manager, unless you’ve forgotten what transpired few month’s back.🚮
— MR. THAMANA (@julius_thamana) March 24, 2021
This is the saddest day to be an African in South Africa.
Even wearing your African attire in Clicks store is considered inappropriate, I didn’t know there was dressing theme for shopping.
On the other hand, a black man had to be use to cover a child porn possessor. pic.twitter.com/U1oyhwFmvs
— SITHALE✍🏿 (@SithaleKgaogelo) March 24, 2021
Clicks posted racial comments about African hair on their website not so long ago. Same Clicks is now telling an African man to go out of the store because he his African attire and that’s indecency to them..? What nonsense is this place
— Tall_nique_1🥴 (@Nique1Tall) March 24, 2021
What rubbish is this? He banna
— |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) March 24, 2021
After this man said he’s a Motswana I wanted to unhear and unsee all this. As a Motswana I distancing myself from him, my heart is 💔. Cry the beloved Country. pic.twitter.com/JkQUvF01WV
— Chiefs 1-0 Pirates (21.03.2021) (@mangope_sam) March 24, 2021