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THE apol­ogy by Gautrain chief ex­ec­u­tive Jack van der Merwe to a man wear­ing tra­di­tional cloth­ing who was turned away from a sta­tion yes­ter­day fu­elled even more anger among so­cial me­dia users.

Van der Merwe apol­o­gised af­ter the man was asked to leave a Joburg sta­tion on the grounds he was in­ap­pro­pri­ately dressed.

Thando Mahlangu, 34, said he was pub­licly hu­mil­i­ated when asked to leave a Gautrain sta­tion be­cause his tra­di­tional Nde­bele out­fit was deemed in­ap­pro­pri­ate on Fri­day last week.

@Bob­duma: “Such pol­icy was de­lib­er­ately put in place to make Gautrain anti blacks. Walk­ing bare­footed is African.”

@tha­to­tain­ment: “Does that mean wear­ing tra­di­tional out­fits like “ib­heshu” is il­le­gal on the Gautrain? Colo­nial­ism still ex­ists.”

@Bamf­biker: “Ou­tra­geous be­hav­iour by Gautrain. They must pay. Haibo but sorry doesn’t do it.”

@straw­bazzer: “If at­tire ex­poses too much it shouldn’t be al­lowed… in some cul­tures it’s okay for ladies to go top­less… should this be al­lowed on Gautrain.”

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