NIKE CLOSES SOUTH AFRICAN STORES AFTER RACIST VIDEO GOES VIRAL

NIKE CLOSES SOUTH AFRICAN STORES AFTER RACIST VIDEO GOES VIRAL

Nike Inc. temporarily closed South African stores after the husband of an employee was caught in a racism row over a video he posted while on vacation.

The sportswear giant’s decision comes eight months after Hennes & Mauritz AB shuttered outlets in the country following protests against an online ad that featured a black child modeling a hoodie with the text “coolest monkey in the jungle.” Race remains a highly sensitive issue in South Africa more than two decades after the end of apartheid.

Two Nike shops in a mall in Johannesburg’s Sandton financial district closed Tuesday and remain shut. While the company didn’t comment on the move, it released a statement saying the firm “opposes discrimination and has a long-standing commitment to diversity, inclusion and respect.”

In the online video that went viral this week, a white man expressed his appreciation for the beach he was visiting by commenting that there weren’t any black people to be seen — using a highly offensive racial slur. He was promptly fired from the food producer that is owned by his family, Eyewitness News reported, adding that his wife works for Nike.

Nike has stores in 11 locations in South Africa, according to the company’s website.

By John Bowker and Roxanne Henderson / Bloomberg
— With assistance by Janice Kew

Facebook Comments

About author

Nigerians in South Africa
Nigerians in South Africa 11306 posts

We are about democracy, human rights, public opinion, political behavior, civil rights and policy aimed at improving the human condition, with a focus on African countries.

You might also like

INTERVIEWS 0 Comments

World Arts Agency signs Nigerian singer Anthony Felix aka TKinzy

Recently signed to one of South Africa’s biggest management and artistic agencies, World Arts Agency (www.worldartsagency.co.za), Nigerian singer, TKinzy, whose real name is Anthony Felix, has taken a role to

Community 0 Comments

#TimOmotoso Tim Omotoso in ‘South Africa illegally’

Controversial pastor Timothy Omotoso was in South Africa illegally. This was the testimony of Home Affairs immigration officer Ivan Klaasen in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court where Omotoso’s bail hearing

Travel 0 Comments

SOUTH AFRICA’S NEW VISA RULES TAKE EFFECT FROM 1 DECEMBER – HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Department of Home Affairs has published an amendment to the Immigration Act which is set to have major implications for immigrants, tourism and the economy. The changes – which

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply