More people have reacted to an incident after a Kulula plane rerouted back to OR Tambo International Airportafter a passenger’s alleged k-word slur.
A fellow passenger took to Twitter to share details of the racist name-calling.
Turning back to O.R Tambo after an unsavory passenger called the captain the k-word. Our flight might be 10 minutes late, but as South Africans we can't allow this type of behaviour to continue. #stopracism @kulula pic.twitter.com/sQarXNhAai
— Nadine Watkins (@nadine_watkins1) June 15, 2018
The passenger, Nadine Watkins, says the “unsavoury passenger called the captain the k-word”.
Kulula has confirmed the incident, which it says happened on Friday.
We can confirm that there was an incident involving a passenger aboard one of our flights on Friday evening (15/06/2018). We're investigating it. We don't tolerate discrimination in any form. Our crew are entitled to do their jobs without verbal abuse.
— kulula (@kulula) June 18, 2018
“We don’t tolerate discrimination in any form. Our crew are entitled to do their jobs without verbal abuse,” the local airline tweeted.
South Africans on social media have applauded the airline for its zero tolerance to racism.
A new precedent had recently been set after former real estate agent Vicki Momberg was sentenced to an effective two years in prison for her racist rant towards a police officer.
The k-word is just a swear word: Momberg
The woman spoke to her boyfriend on the phone and the guy sitting next to her overheard her calling the pilot the k-word. He alerted the flight attended before lift off and they got the security to remove her.
— Nadine Watkins (@nadine_watkins1) June 16, 2018
In March, Momberg had been found guilty on four counts of crimen injuria.
On 3 November, she was caught on video when she lashed out at a black police officer who attempted to help her after an alleged smash-and-grab incident in Northriding.
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In the video footage, which quickly went viral, Momberg could be heard complaining about the “calibre of blacks” in Johannesburg. ')}https://newsoweto.co.za/5054-2/https://newsoweto.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/planu-575x1024.jpghttps://newsoweto.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/planu-150x150.jpgMetro