Bank Windhoek fires manager for racist remarks

Kandjemuni Kamuiiri

Bank Windhoek has dismissed its suspended Sales Manager, Riaan Van Rooyen, for sharing a racially offensive post on his social media last year, which equated black people to monkeys.

Van Rooyen had been suspended by the bank, pending an investigation into his conduct. “We wish to confirm that the individual in question has been dismissed. Bank Windhoek and Capricorn Group would like to reiterate its policy of zero tolerance towards any form of behaviour that does not conform to internal policies, and does not speak to our values that underpin ethical business conduct from any employee at any level,” Bank Windhoek’s Managing Director, Baronice Hans, said.

In the Facebook post , van Rooyen had reacted to monkeys jumping on a car and black men doing the same, saying “black people and monkeys are exactly the same, black people have the same manners, IQ and discipline as monkeys do.”

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