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Mihlali Ndamase accused of racism for wanting to support Black-owned businesses

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Mihlali Ndamase has been the subject of controversy on Twitter, following her post asking her followers to suggest credible Black-owned packaging companies in Johannesburg.

Mihlali Ndamase took to Twitter on Tuesday, 12 January 2021, to ask for recommendations from her followers, as she was looking for a packing company in Johannesburg. She stated, “I’m looking for a reliable packaging company in Johannesburg, one that can provide quality packaging [with] my company branding, preferably Black-owned. Please tag anyone you’d highly recommend.”

Whilst the post did not have any malicious intent, Mihlali was questioned about why she specifically stipulated that it should be “Black-owned.” After receiving countless tweets regarding her preferences, Mihlali made light of the situation, tweeting, “Someone just said ‘preferably black-owned’ is racist, haha, they hate anything that empowers Black people.”

Her comments further fuelled the controversy, as some users asked for her to elaborate on what she regards as racist, as they believe singling out one demographic is not inappropriate. One user stated, “If they said ‘preferably White-owned’, would they be racist? I’m just simply trying to understand what racism is.”

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Sayushka Naidoo
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