South Africa's racist passenger loses her job

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A airline passenger who racially insulted her pilot and a passenger has been fired by her company after the incident sparked a national outcry.

As previously reported by PANA, Alochna Moodley sent a racist text message on her smart phone after boarding a Kulula flight between Johannesburg and Durban.

A black passenger reported her to cabin crew when he saw she had referred to him and the pilot as a “kaffir”, the most hated racial slur in South Africa. Moodley was escorted off the aircraft and the flight was delayed.

The 26-year-old Johannesburg resident admitted sending the text message but expressed anger that the passenger who reported her was watching her type. “It was a mistake on my side, I am not going to deny that I said those things,” she told The Sowetan newspaper.

Her previous company, SMC Pneumatics, on Monday confirmed that she has left. It said it does not tolerate racism.

Earlier this month, firebrand politician Julius Malema sparked a national outcry by labelling Indian South Africans as racists. He was quoted as telling followers that “the majority of Indians are racist”.

Malema criticised Indians for identifying more with white people, saying this explained why they voted for the official opposition Democratic Alliance.
-0- PANA CU/MA 25Kune2018

25 Junho 2018 11:39:32

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