Black Motion to Sue British Airways R3.7 million for Racism
Platinum-selling South African House music stars Black Motion want to sue British Airways about R3.7 million for racism and damaging their reputation, according to a City Press report.
The newspaper reported that Thabo “Smol” Mabogwane and Bongani “Murdah” Mohosana were only two black passengers in business class when a chair missing a back and not reported by staff caused a white passenger to lose her seat.
The duo was then identified by a white British Airways cabin controller as the first to move to economy.
This happened on British Airways flight 6412 while it waited for its 1.30pm takeoff from Cape Town International Airport in December.
Comair Wants to Pay the Duo only R50 000
Black Motion’s lawyers now plan to launch a R3.7 million lawsuit for “Smol” e and “Murdah”, and two of their team, Nicky Seema and JJ Nchabeleng, according to City Press.
They accuse Comair of racism, public humiliation and falsely accusing them of terrorism which damaged their brand.
Letters from Erik Venter, CEO of Comair, which owns the British Airways franchise in South Africa, said it “apologises unreservedly” and admits “that our procedures were at fault”, saying that flight crew involved would be disciplined.
But the company rejected claims of racism and will not pay damages except for R50 000 to make up for a gig the band missed.