Racist salon provokes outrage in Cape Town

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Human Rights Commission has been called on to investigate an alleged case of racism after a black woman claimed she was denied employment at a white-owned hair salon because of the colour of her skin.
Beauty therapist student Lericia Langenhoven, who was required to complete an internship at a salon before qualifying, was informed by her lecturer that the salon in the Cape Town suburb of Wegemoed had rejected her.
She was told Pearl of Beauty salon owner Tina Sunjic had said her clients "did not want to be touched by a person of colour.
" Langenhoven said she was "shocked and angered" by the incident and was now considering legal action.
Meanwhile, Western Cape premier Marthinus Van Schalkwyk has expressed outrage at the incident, saying he would make every effort resolve the matter.
On Monday he approached the Human Rights Commission, requesting that it investigate the matter.
Spokesperson Phumla Mthala said the commission could mediate between the two parties to reach an agreement, but warned that if the owner of the salon failed to respond, she could face legal action.
Van Schalkwyk said the incident has offended thousands of people in Cape Town, adding that he had personally received hundreds of messages of support for Langenhoven.

07 april 2003 15:01:00

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