Shoprite manager in hot water for allegedly sending offensive racist WhatsApp messages about her black colleagues

Shoprite has launched an urgent investigation after a racially charged incident at its KwaNobuhle branch in Kariega, Nelson Mandela Bay, saw protests erupt over allegedly racist WhatsApp messages. 

The controversy centers around a store manager, a Coloured woman, who was accused of sending offensive messages about her Black colleagues.

Less than 24 hours after the controversy began, Shoprite released a statement saying their preliminary investigations suggest the messages did not originate from the accused woman’s phone. 

“We are committed to getting to the bottom of this matter and will take appropriate action once the investigation is concluded,” a Shoprite spokesperson stated.

The incident sparked outrage on Friday morning, with scores of EFF members and local residents gathering outside the store to demand the manager’s immediate resignation.

  Tensions ran high as heavily armed private security and police officers blocked the entrance, preventing the angry crowd from entering.

“We will not tolerate racism in our community,” declared one protester. “We demand justice and accountability.”

The situation highlights the lingering tensions and sensitivities surrounding race relations in South Africa, particularly within the workplace.

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