Clifton restaurant accused of racism over '2 blacks' slip
An upmarket Cape Town restaurant owned by Chris Coutroulis‚ the owner of Sandton nightclub Taboo and husband of former Miss South Africa Vanessa Carreira‚ has issued an apology over "the act of one employee" which has sparked cries of racism.
Patron Scott @Scott_Maq tweeted a copy of his slip which listed him and his co-diner as "two blacks".
Outraged‚ he shared: "The Bungalow in Clifton (@KoveCollection) still sees us by the colour of our skin".
The restaurant said it had opened an inquiry against the employee responsible as this was not their policy‚ and promised it would never happen again.
In response‚ though‚ another social media user‚ Phelo @Pheshie_J‚ rejected the company's statement‚ asserting: "This isn't the first incident‚ clearly this policy isn't articulated enough to your employees".
... This isn't the first incident, clearly this policy isn't articulated enough to your employees https://t.co/C9pp8fVZgQ— Phelo (@Pheshie_J) December 19, 2016
Well-known club owner Kenny Kunene joined the fray on Monday afternoon‚ stating: "I just called this racist restaurant in Cape Town. They confirm this is their slip n that's how they do things there".
Other social media users queried why race had to feature on a bill - ever.
Onemanprayer4Mandela @billysigudla tweeted‚ "This is very bad for our country do we we still have racism in our country?" while mxolisi @mxoh8 stated‚ "Why they have to include race on a slip mxm?".
Kunene‚ when asked by Phumla @d_mini96‚ "did they say why they find it important to state such on a pay slip??? What difference does that make?"‚ replied: "They arrogantly dropped the phone".
The incident comes a week after another Cape Town restaurant was accused of racism.
A white woman allegedly racially abused a group of coloured patrons. The group of friends allege that they were thrown out by bouncers‚ while the white woman was allowed to finish her drink.
Clarke’s Bar and Dining apologised for the treatment of a group of patrons on Friday night‚ after the group took to social media to voice their frustrations‚ according to the Cape Argus.
The report said the restaurant planned to shut down for a day to conduct a mediation session with the parties involved and all the venue’s staff.