JOHANNESBURG – MiWay insurance is the new face dealing with a racist claim. An email screenshot was flashed on social media in which black clients are referred to as ‘baboons’, with chief executive officer Rene Otto calling it ‘fake news’ and a ‘hoax’.
In the email, which has been doing the rounds on social media, one official reminds another of a managerial decision not to take 90% of the claims from black clients, adding that this would be an opportunity to save money and ‘punish these black baboons.
— Tbo Touch (@iamtbotouch) July 20, 2017
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MiWay CEO, René Otto said: “MiWay is a proudly South African company committed to diversity and transparency. We have been made aware of a racist email purported to have been written and sent by a member of staff. An urgent investigation was launched and we can confirm that the email with its content was never sent from a MiWay employee. There was also no such meeting that took place or decision to this effect. We are tracing the source of this fake content on social media and will take strong and appropriate action against anyone using our brand to disseminate offensive and derogatory comments.”
Social media users weigh in
— Lwazisto (@Lwazistos) July 20, 2017
— #BoycottCarlinCup (@NkatekoNdhima) July 20, 2017
#MiWay story is so clearly fake news. Don’t share it. MiWay could def sue for defamation and the targeted employee for privacy/dignity…
— Emma Sadleir (@EmmaSadleir) July 20, 2017
— Mfana II (@MfanaPhone) July 20, 2017