Gyms: A racial hotbed?
PAST RACIST INCIDENTS
December 2011: Liz Hleza was called a “k **** r” by another gym member during a spinning class at the Virgin Active gym in Morningside because she kept shouting “yebo” to express her enthusiasm for the music and exercise.
February 2012: Lesley Mofokeng laid a criminal charge after he was insulted by a gym member at the Virgin Active gym in Sunninghill. The gym member reportedly called him a “boy” and accused him of “hogging the equipment”, saying: “You black guys take everything. We know this is your f***ing country, but you do not have to control everything.”
July 2013: Racial slurs and verbal abuse was heaped on Happy Ngidi outside Virgin Active in Constantia Kloof in Johannesburg for reversing her car too slowly for the liking of another gym-goer. The white man shouted: “What the f**k is your problem, b***h! What is your problem? You bloody k **** r.”
Virgin Active acted on these cases at the time.
A racial altercation was caught on camera at the Planet Fitness gym in Sandton