Senior officials for Mugg & Bean have rejected allegations that they dismissed a Cape Town store manager because some customers “wanted a white person” in his position.
Andile Bozo lost his job with the restaurant last week, which fuelled fierce rumours about why he was fired. As TimesLive report, Bozo has worked there for four years, but he refused to comment when approached by the publication – only revealing that the issue was “resolved through a separation agreement”.
Mugg & Bean deny “racist” motives
Jeanne Gledenhuys is the operations executive for Mugg & Bean. She explained that the former manager was retrenched, as part of a downsizing project within the business.
“The dismissal was an operational retrenchment undertaken by the franchise owner. The business downsized due to weak trading conditions. We categorically refute allegations that the retrenchment was racist.”
The backlash on social media has been fierce and has even been the subject of political interest. Both the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the EFF have threatened to take action if Bozo isn’t reinstated.