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Now, her irate husband, Eric Mbinda, has blasted the food and clothing store for allegedly disrespecting their culture.
Mbinda’s wife, Nomvula Jende, had pitched up at work on Monday in her traditional “makoti” outfit as part of her initiation as a new Xhosa bride. For two weeks after the marriage ceremony, some Xhosa women only wear traditional dresses and skirts.
She had worked at the store for the past six months.
Jende had apparently explained to management that she needed to wear the bridal outfit, and not the Woolworths uniform, for the remainder of the week.
However, on her arrival on Monday, the store manager apparently expressed his dissatisfaction with the outfit. He allegedly demanded she change into a pair of jeans and a shirt found in the shop’s storeroom.
Mbinda said the clothing was far too tight.
The Woolworths press office said: “We are committed to building a diverse workforce. We respect our employees and do our best to accommodate their ideas and beliefs.
“We were not aware that Mrs Jende was unhappy to wear the uniform and are investigating …”
Black people their traditions, mximm…….. if U work as a Police Woman, you must be in Navy Blue nothing else @ Woolworths Black White, etc etc
rather wear your traditional dressed @ your homesteads, Why are blacks always uptight about petty issues ?
I was in Tanzania a few months back (lovely country). We were going on site and the bus pulled over at a stop. As we had only been at a stop about 20 minutes earlier, I was curious about why we were stopping. Within a few minutes it became clear. The group of elegantly dressed professional looking women came out of the stop station wearing traditional Masai outfits.
Tradition is great. Your right to tradition doesn’t, however, supersede the rights of others. When you took the job, there was a clause in the contract about uniforms. If you didn’t want to wear the uniform, you shouldn’t have signed the contract or accepted the job
This is really not ayoba ,and its going to get more hectic………..
@shrink -I agree she should have taken leave knowingly the situation at work. Some people really dont think stroes this is totally unfair to WoolWorths haaibo