Zuma in doghouse after pet comments

Updated 28 December 2012
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Zuma in doghouse after pet comments

JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma got into a spot of bother Thursday when he suggested that owning a dog was not African and belonged to white culture. Local media reported that Zuma had remarked that buying a dog, taking it for walks and paying for veterinary care belonged to “white” culture.
Not able to let sleeping dogs lie, Zuma went on to say that pet ownership was part of a worrying trend of black Africans trying to be white. That prompted howls of protest from South African pet owners of all hues and mottles on social networking sites. The presidency later tried to fend off some of the criticism, insisting Zuma had been trying to “decolonize the African mind.”
“The message merely emphasized the need not to elevate our love for our animals above our love for other human beings,” said spokesman Mac Maharaj. “He made the well-known example of people who sit with their dogs in front in a van or truck with a worker at the back in pouring rain or extremely cold weather.
“Others do not hesitate to rush their dogs to veterinary surgeons for medical care when they are sick while they ignore workers or relatives who are also sick in the same households.”


Ryanair passenger racism video prompts police investigation

In this file photo taken on September 21, 2017 A Ryanair plane lands at Dublin Airport on September 21, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 23 October 2018
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Ryanair passenger racism video prompts police investigation

  • Ryanair are accountable for the protection of their customers and they FAILED!

DUBLIN: A viral video showing a man racially abusing an elderly passenger on a Ryanair flight has prompted widespread outrage and an investigation by British police.
The video — now viewed on Facebook more than four million times — appears to show a white man in an altercation with a black woman over seating arrangements in their row.
Despite protests from another passenger that the woman was disabled, the man can be heard threatening to push her and and calling her an “ugly black bastard” in the three minute clip.
A cabin crew member and a passenger can be seen intervening in an apparent attempt to calm the man, whilst another can be heard pleading for staff to move the woman.
But the no-frills Irish airline has drawn criticism on social media for failing to eject the abusive passenger from the flight.
“He refused to sit next to the woman because she was black,” wrote David Lawrence, the man who filmed the incident, in a caption to the video on Facebook.
“Ryanair are accountable for the protection of their customers and they FAILED!“
“The elderly lady was moved to another seat whilst the man was allowed to continue his journey with extra room and on board service,” he added on Youtube.
Lawrence also said he has drawn personal criticism for choosing to record the situation rather than intervene.
“One of the passengers whilst I was filming basically said to me don’t you think you’re being a bit childish by filming this,” he told BBC Breakfast.
“I had to make a difficult decision at that time because if I had stepped in I don’t think you would have seen the footage that I captured.”
Lawrence said the video was filmed on flight FR 9015 from Barcelona to London Stansted on Friday 19 October.
British police say they understand the incident took place whilst the plane was on the tarmac at Barcelona airport.
Essex Police, the force with jurisdiction over Stansted Airport, told AFP they were made aware of the incident on Sunday and are now working with Spanish officers on an investigation.
“Essex Police takes prejudice-based crime seriously and we want all incidents to be reported,” a spokesman said in a statement.
“We are working closely with Ryanair and the Spanish authorities on the investigation.”
Ryanair said in a statement: “We have reported this to the police in Essex and as this is now a police matter, we cannot comment further.”
Asked about the incident at a daily press briefing on Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said: “When people are traveling and going about their public life, no-one should be subjected to intimidation or any form of abuse.”