KFC staffers fired for vulgar anthem
THE wings of two Kentucky Fried Chicken employees in Cape Town have been clipped after they were fired from a Gardens outlet for allegedly airing a racially abusive song.
Chief marketing officer for KFC South Africa, Dave Timm, said they were dismissed earlier this month after the song made headlines.
"Both employees who were implicated have since been dismissed," Timm said.
The employees involved were a staff member and a shift supervisor.
Capetonian Tariq Mellett informed the media after he went into the KFC at the end of June and heard a "vulgar, profane" version of the national anthem blasted over the music system.
"It sounded like parts of the national anthem, but I was surprised when the song started in Afrikaans with: Nkosi Sikelel'... Nkosi is 'n doos, Mandela is 'n fokken kaf***r... and so on, at full blast," Mellett said.
Scrambling to quell a public outcry, KFC immediately responded, condemned the incident and announced that it would bring the staff members before a disciplinary hearings. They were fired shortly thereafter.
"There is no excuse for this behaviour," said Timm.
Timm would, however, not identify the offenders as KFC was committed to keeping their names out of the public domain.
"Unfortunately, while KFC strongly condemns the activities of the staff members involved, KFC will respect the privacy of those who have been dismissed," said Timm.