Andile Bozo, who used to wash cars for a living, had worked his way up to be a manager after working at different Famous Brand stores for 11 years. At the Mugg & Bean Waterstone Village, he had been working for four-and-a-half years, and one of the regular customers wrote to the Cape Times about Bozo’s dismissal.
“My husband is a regular at the Mugg & Bean Waterstone Village. Over the past three years that we have lived here he has got to know the former manager, Bozo, reasonably well. We both think he is a nice guy and a very competent manager.
“We thus were shocked to hear that the new owners were retrenching him, especially since they had recently appointed two white members of staff and were not applying the last-in, first-out principle. We really believe this is unacceptable behaviour in this day and age,” said the customer.
Bozo said the working environment became tense after a new owner arrived in December. “The first thing he wanted to know was why the store had no white waitress and waiters, and I told him they had quit. “He then employed two girls, but after three months they also left.