K-word: woman ‘re­lieved of post’

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - Alochna Mood­ley

A WOMAN who ad­mit­ted to us­ing the K-word in ref­er­ence to black pas­sen­gers and a pi­lot in a text mes­sage has been sacked.

SMC Pneu­mat­ics South Africa con­firmed yes­ter­day that Alochna Mood­ley was sus­pended as soon as the com­pany – based in Midrand – was made aware of the in­ci­dent.

Mood­ley, 28, was re­moved from a Ku­l­ula.com flight from Joburg to Dur­ban last Fri­day af­ter a fel­low pas­sen­ger, Rev­erend Solu­muzi Mabuza, saw a text she was send­ing in which she la­belled her fel­low pas­sen­gers and cap­tain k ***** s.

Mood­ley was seated be­tween Mabuza and an­other pas­sen­ger, Sibu­siso Magubane.

“I was in the win­dow seat and turned to her side to rest my head so I could take a nap.

“I hap­pened to see her text which was in quite large font in which she told the per­son she was sit­ting be­tween two k ***** s,” Mabuza ex­plained.

“She wrote that one of the k ***** s kept sniff­ing, I have chronic si­nusi­tis and (she wrote) the other was reek­ing of al­co­hol but (Sibu­siso) Magubane said he does not drink. She also re­ferred to the pi­lot (Cap­tain Menzi) Mve­lase.

SMC Pneu­mat­ics SA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kevin O’Car­roll con­firmed that Mood­ley had been re­lieved of her post.

“At SMC we do not tol­er­ate any form of racism. With re­gards to the re­cent events, the em­ployee no longer works for SMC South Africa,” O’Car­roll said.

Mood­ley re­quested more time be­fore mak­ing com­ment on the ad­vice of her lawyer, and be­cause things were still “very heated”. How­ever, she re­port­edly told The Sowe­tan that the flight be­ing delayed had led to her frus­tra­tion.

She also asked why an­other pas­sen­ger (Mabuza) was look­ing at her phone, claim­ing he in­vaded her pri­vacy.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.