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pnp thumb100 The Star reports that the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers’ Union (Sadsawu) has threatened to mobilise its members to protest outside Pick n Pay franchises across the country over the retailer’s maid and gardener mugs.  

Sadsawu general secretary Myrtle Witbooi said on Wednesday that the controversial mugs with “The Maid” and “The Gardener” written on them reminded her of apartheid.  Pick n Pay has since removed the offending mugs from its shelves, but that has not placated Witbooi who has demanded an apology.  “What Pick n Pay did was dehumanising.  It took us back to apartheid years.  Why are they giving titles?  We are also human beings.  We are going to get all our members in all the provinces to participate in demonstrations outside Pick n Pay stores,” she said, adding that they wanted the mugs destroyed.  In a series of tweets, Pick n Pay responded and apologised, saying:  “Thank you for alerting us.  This is completely unacceptable.  We have contacted the store (Observatory in Cape Town), and we can confirm that these mugs have been removed from the store, and are not stocked in any other Pick n Pay stores.”

  • Read the original of this report by Sthembiso Sithole in full at The Star


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