Black Motion Get An Apology From British Airways After Racist Incident
On Wednesday, British Airways confirmed that it has issued an apology to Black Motion after TshisaLIVE reported that the music duo got embroiled in an alleged racist incident at the airline. Black Motion group comprising of Thabo “Smol” Mabogwane and Bongani “Murdah” Mohosana were allegedly escorted off a flight after they were told to move from their business class seats on Monday.
The unusual request was made to accommodate a white passenger who complained that her seat was broken. This led to a heated argument as the duo couldn’t understand why they were singled out for such treatment.
They were told that they had to leave their business class seats because their tickets cost less than others. In the end, the pilot allegedly had them escorted off the flight to avoid a “911” situation. Subsequently, the music duo took to social media to share their experience with fans. Part of the post read: “Black Motion happened to be the only two black men in the British airline business class #Capetown, we are the victims of bad treatment. “We were embarrassed and asked to move from our seats just because a white lady complained about her seat being broken.”
Apparently, the crew members did not know that the two are celebrities at the time of the incident and when it emerged on headlines, an apology followed suit. “Comair does not tolerate any form of racism or discrimination, which is why we take any such allegations very seriously. We are in conversation with the customers and have apologised for what happened. We are now interviewing the staff involved as part of a full investigation. Once concluded we will take whatever action is necessary,” said Shaun Pozyn. Notwithstanding, EFF national spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi lambasted British Airways, calling on the airline to suspend some of its crew immediately. Taking to social media, Ndlozi slammed the apology issued by the airline to Black Motion after the alleged racist incident. “It is way past 1994. An apology is absolutely irrelevant. There has to be recourse and racists must be fired from the job!” he wrote on social media.
He also released a statement on behalf of the political party, calling on the embattled airline to do the right thing or face the consequences. “We call on British Airways to institute an independent investigation into this situation, headed by an independent body or senior counsel. The captain, together with the crew must be placed under immediate suspension and face the full might of the law. Failure to do this ACSA must suspend all BA flights in our country. British Airways can go fly in its colonial and ever racist Britain,” read part of the statement on EFF’s website.