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MiWay Dismisses Racist Social Media Post as ‘Fake News’

MiWay Dismisses Racist Social Media Post as ‘Fake News’

"We are tracing the source of this fake content on social media and will take strong and appropriate action against anyone using our brand to disseminate offensive and derogatory comments"

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By Staff Writer

South Africa’s short-term insurer MiWay has rejected the email screenshot that is circulating on social media calling black clients “baboons”.

MiWay said in a statement on Thursday that it has investigated the origins of a snap shot of a supposed email sent from a MiWay employee, circulating on social media.

MiWay can categorically confirm that the email is fake.

“MiWay is a proudly South African company committed to diversity and transparency. We have been made aware of a racist email purported to have been written and sent by a member of staff.  An urgent investigation was launched and we can confirm that the email with its content was never sent from a MiWay employee,” MiWay CEO, René Otto, said in a statement.

“There was also no such meeting that took place or decision to this effect.  We are tracing the source of this fake content on social media and will take strong and appropriate action against anyone using our brand to disseminate offensive and derogatory comments.”

The email reads: “Good day Nobu, This is a reminder of yesterdays managers meeting. The final decisions was to reject 90% of claims made by black people as from 1 August 2017. They are an easy target, its also a great opportunity to save money and also punish these black baboons”.

Twitter continues to react to the email:

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