Local Restaurant The Jam Tree Caught Up In Racism Storm
The Jam Tree, a top local restaurant that is based in Harare, has been caught up in a racism storm.
This comes after a black couple was racially attacked by a white manager at the Mt Pleasant eatery.
The incident only came to light, after a local Harare man only identified as Nyari Munda wrote a long complaint exposing the abuse he suffered at the hands of an unnamed white manager.
Taking to Facebook Nyari wrote;
“Yesterday my wife and I went to get food at this establishment (Jam Tree), and on getting there, we asked if we could park in the back car park by the golf course whilst we wait for our food. The waiter told us it was okay and we should park in the usual spot.We drove there and parked on the grass literally three metres away from the owners car. There was a gardener there watering the grass and he didn’t seem to have an issue with where we parked.
To my surprise this white South African guy (the owner), came from nowhere and started yelling at us for parking on wet grass. The guy called us dumb, stupid and all sorts of derogatory words.”
I urged him to communicate properly since we are regular customers of over 8 years, and we are here to promote his business. He jumped right back into a crazy fit and said we don’t need people like you supporting my business.
The guy was so heated at some point I thought he wanted to fight me. He kept pulling crazy faces, taunting me, storming away then coming back as if he’s about to fight. Once again I kept calm and watched this mad man talk to us like we are worthless.
I apologised again and cautioned him to address clients nicely but he wouldn’t have it and started with the insults again. He then stormed into Jam Tree, where we heard him yelling at the workers at the top of his voice.Soon after the waiters including the chef rushed to the car park and started apologising on this guys behalf. They begged us to stay but at this point we were fed up. Even the gardner was shocked at this guys conduct but he just watched in amazement.
He openly shouts at his workers in front of guests and uses alot of racist derogatory statements. A year and half ago the same guy told me to f*** off when I complained about my meal. I threatened to go to social media and he said ‘it’s people like you we don’t want here’…
He has no respect and he thinks this is South Africa. The workers always look terrified when he’s around and he talks to them like dogs. Jam Tree was a better place before this new management took over.
After 9 years of being a loyal client, I don’t think I’ll ever go back there again.”
In an effort to tame the racism allegations, Jam tree issued a statement apologizing to Nyari and his wife. TheJam Tree also confirmed that the incident did happen but denied that it was a racist attack.
The local eatery went on to claim that The Jam Tree was a multi-cultural venue that supports cultural diversity.
The Jam Tree’s apology statement however backfired as it ignited a social media storm. Social media critics blasted Jam Tree of being overly racist and accused the local eatery of operating a whites-only secluded section where blacks are barred from accessing.
Some went as far as advocating for the posh restaurant to be canceled.
iHarare is publishing The Jam Tree statement in its entirety;
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