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"I'm always chased away and victimized," says shopper told his traditional clothing is 'indecent' in South Africa mall

March 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A South African cultural activist says he is still reeling from the humiliation meted out to him for donning traditional attire to a shopping mall in a suburb of Johannesburg.

(CNN)A South African cultural activist says he is still reeling from the humiliation meted out to him for donning traditional attire to a shopping mall in a suburb of Johannesburg.

Thando Mahlangu, 35, an avid promoter of the Ndebele ethnic minority group, told CNN Friday that he was asked to leave Clicks -- a pharmacy chain store at Boulders Shopping Center -- by center manager Jose Maponyane, who disapproved of his local outfit.

"When we walked in there (at Clicks), after about a minute, a security guard walked up to me and said that the owner of the building doesn't want me around because I'm harassing their customers," Mahlangu said.

Mahlangu said that although he and Masuku, who filmed the incident, were later allowed to continue shopping, they were prevented from entering the restaurant.

Mahlangu told CNN that the mall incident isn't the first time he has felt humiliated for his cultural heritage.

Kwena Moabelo, also of Johannesburg, said the mall incident was a typical case of 'self hate. '

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