The police have been roped in to investigate claims that a Port Elizabeth short-term insurance company team leader called two employees monkeys.
A complaint of crimen injuria was opened at the Mount Road police station at about 10.30am on Thursday.
The case stems from an internal complaint of racial misconduct that was filed at Alexander Forbes Short Term Insurance on Tuesday – shortly after the incident.
Alexander Forbes has since commissioned an independent external investigation for clarity on the claims.
This was the second case of crimen injuria to be opened in the Bay within hours after another complaint – relating to a comment on The Herald’s Facebook page – was lodged.
In an interview, the 33-yearold insurance broker, who did not want to be identified for fear of being victimised, said he had decided to escalate his complaint to the police and the SA Human Rights Commission after he learnt that he had not been the only one allegedly called a monkey in Afrikaans.
“I was sitting at my desk busy with performance assessments when my manager came to assist me after I had a query.
“Advice was given and then he left. I then got up to go the bathroom and as I walked past him and another woman at the photocopy machine, she asked me how far the performance assessments were.
“The manager said in Afrikaans that he doesn’t mind as he is not waiting for ‘that monkey’,” the broker alleged.
“I was so shocked that I did not even know what to say.
“I went outside