KFC to re-employ man after lunch incident

2012-08-13 09:37

Johannesburg - A man who was dismissed from an Empangeni KFC outlet after taking non-halaal food to work will be reinstated on Monday, according to a report.

The Star reported that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) had ruled that Jabulani Cele should return to work.

Colefax Trading and Yum Restaurants were ordered to allow him to resume his job by Monday afternoon. The companies, which own KFC, follow Islamic rules.

Cele was reportedly fired for breaching policy by bringing non-halaal food to work.

The CCMA ruled that Cele receive about R5 200 for the two months he was off work.

The newspaper reported that Cele received a final written warning in March because he persisted in bringing uphuthu (maize porridge) and beans curry to work.

The Empangeni branch of KFC provided employees with two chicken pieces a day, but Cele said he did not enjoy chicken and had the right to eat his own food at work.

  • - 2012-08-13 09:51

    This nonsense regarding political correctness and constant sympathy towards religion has to stop. Why are religious people given the authority to tell me where I can or can't eat certain foods? Why do we even stand for this nonsense? I also don't want their religious logos on my food, and I especially don't want my money donated to their religions, be it Islam or Judaism, or any other variant of any religion. - 2012-08-13 09:54

      Another issue I have with this is why Islam and Halaal especially is regarded so highly in this country? Why are restaurants Halaal and have to display it so prominently, e.g. McDonalds? This is not an Islamic country, but secular according to our constitution.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-08-13 10:05

      Russki - I fully support the worker's right to eat whatever he chooses however we must also be aware that the right of a business to follow particular practice is theirs too. If they want to be Halaal, this is their choice, it is a free market economy and it clearly makes economic sense and is viable for a portion of the population. They should however, have been made to pay much more than a paltry 5200 to this man.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-08-13 10:07

      Personally i have no problem with the Kosher stamps on our foods, because they allow it to be put on products for free. Whereas if you have the Halaal stamp a certain percentage of products sale has to go to the Islamic fund which is used to build mosques etc.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-08-13 10:12

      Our constitution grants religious freedom to all. The Halaal symbol is to tell muslims their religious council approves of the food at a restaurant. The choice of halaal or not affects the customer base. If you are halaal, the pork eaters won't eat there, but if you serve pork, the muslims won't eat there. This is a choice that is made by management. But the treatment of that employee was unfair. The company has to make provisions.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-08-13 10:13

      Then don't buy Halaal Cameron. I don't go to Halaal restaurants because - i like wine... do what you need to, no one is holding a chicken wing to your head. Besides, the food sucks.

      al.chemist.7106 - 2012-08-13 10:15

      Remember the whole Halaal hot cross bun incident with Woolwoths this year?

      afriend.ofyoda - 2012-08-13 10:28

      I agree with you totally. I also want someone to explain to me how the logic behind Halaal food works, because according to definition, one of the things is that "animals not slaughtered properly", may not be consumed. They obviously realise that KFC basically grow their chickens? Anyone seen Food inc. or Earthlings? Now i am far from being a vegan or something rediculous like that, i love meat, but after watching these movies i want some Muslim to explain to me why "the manner in which animals are treated during their life span" is not of any importance. KFC would definitely not pass (even though its nice!)

      JaredVN - 2012-08-13 10:30

      The question is: Does whoever certifies an establishment or a foodstuff as Halaal charge the provider or restaurant for such certification? If costs are involved, why should atheists or people who worship other gods pay for such certification, because you can bet the costs are passed on to the consumer? Regarding the incident in the article: So much for the lie that Islam is so "tolerant." No Christian churches in Saudi, and no non-halaal food in Muslim establishments....

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-13 10:37

      More people are, and have been, killed in the name of religion throughout history. Crazy, when most religions preach love of one's fellow men. It seems that no-one realises that all paths, be they Christian, Muslim , Jewish or what ever, lead to the same 'pearly' gates. Of course, greed is a close second......

      passop.virmyma - 2012-08-13 10:45

      Russki, you mention that the Halaal logo is DISPLAYED SO PROMINENTLY so if you don't like it don't eat it. Simples! "I don't want religious logo's on my food" well guess what, it's not your food. It is food provided specifically for Muslims and Jews hence the logo. Jared, same applies to you. Nobody is FORCING you to 'pay' for these certifications. If you do not like it go purchase your KFC at a regular store..

      yunus.motala.1 - 2012-08-14 09:41

      mr.Russky.. we as muslim more donated than u mr,monthly buyer,,nd we dnt c who we r giveing 2....

      yunus.motala.1 - 2012-08-14 09:43

      mr.Russky.. we as muslim more donated than u mr.monthly buyer,,nd we dnt c who we r giveing mouth..

      yunus.motala.1 - 2012-08-14 09:43

      mr.Russky.. we as muslim more donated than u mr.monthly buyer,,nd we dnt c who we r giveing mouth..

      markus.botha - 2012-08-16 12:05

      @Russki_ZA - I agree, the sooner we get rid of all this religious hocus pocus we'll all be better off.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-08-13 09:51

    Yes!! Sense has prevailed...!!

      jowza1 - 2012-08-13 10:14

      i agree

  • Citroes - 2012-08-13 09:53

    I can't imagine how disgusting it must be to have to eat KFC every day. I try it once every 3 years to remind myself how horrifically bad it is. Imagine being forced to eat it daily!!!

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-08-13 09:57

      Yeah, you right. All the advertising tempts you to buy it. I will never buy that crap again.

      manningi1 - 2012-08-13 10:31

      I love it halaal or not.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-13 10:46

      Yep, oily and gross, Citroes. I try to avoid any place where battery chickens are used, which I am quite sure is the case at KFC, however much they may deny it. Also, I have found a few times that their food is yesterday's cooking. YUCK!

  • Erna - 2012-08-13 10:00

    Can't believe this bizarre story. How can you be fired for bringing your own food to work?

  • - 2012-08-13 10:06

    All i can say is LOL, it was not necessary t fire him

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-13 10:09

    he should have taken some pork chops to work, stuff them, who do they think they are to dictate to us on what we can eat

  • Spiral - 2012-08-13 10:11

    hahahahaha nice!

  • vaughan.greene - 2012-08-13 10:14

    Dam right they should have paid more for pain and suffering caused by religion, why should we have to bow down to stupid religious innocence we supposed to be living in a free society not in the middle ages

  • patrickflynn73 - 2012-08-13 10:15

    I agree with Mr Cele he has the right to eat his own food at work. So tired of KFC and their nonsense. Most of their staff in the Durban branches appear to be ignorant and illiterate and have bad attitude complained so many times and all KFC can say is they'll look into it but the services and the quality of food never improves and with al the complaints I've made they never offer any compensation. I think Mr Cele has every right to eat whatever he likes at work. Its not like he's preparing his food at work, he brings it from home!

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-08-13 10:18

    Poor KFC instead worrying about making money u expel people for lunch..Dis is crazeeeeeeee

  • Hermann - 2012-08-13 10:18

    Give Jabulani a double Bells!!

  • vanessa.govender.73 - 2012-08-13 10:25

    always thought KFC was foul fowel anyway!

  • koo.doyle - 2012-08-13 10:43

    Excellent outcome! And for all the naysayers, who said he didn't have a leg to stand on :P

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-13 10:43

    They should have ruled for more money, this KFC was just pathetic.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-13 10:44

    They should have ruled for more money, this KFC was just pathetic.

  • janzanele - 2012-08-13 10:44

    I think they should write that KFC is for Muslims,because if insist that they're religion is more important than customer and Cele also has rights eat anything that is not halaal

      psalm.proverb.3 - 2012-08-13 12:54

      @ Janzanele I agree. As a non-Muslim I will make sure that I keep my non-halaal money away from KFC - Koran Fried Chicken!

  • isaac.nkosi1 - 2012-08-13 10:57

    When a company employes a person they give u a contract and ppl ar usually 2 happy 4 finding a job n they dnt read the small print which is exactly y most employees find themselves in trouble because they simpy dnt understant they contracts and the rules of the company which were merely drafted to protect the company more than u as an employee.

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-13 13:09

      @isaac.nkosi, but this is not the policy of KFC.The labour law of our country was breached and hence the ruling.Muslims are very insulting people. They will call you infidel and refuse to eat your food, but they force their religion upon us all.Is that fair?

  • keane.landsberg - 2012-08-13 10:57

    I would also, ten times over, eat uputhu and bean curry before putting their "chicken" in my mouth. Islamic principles...whatever!

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-13 10:58

    Good for the worker! There is not one democratic or decent Islamic country in the world. If you want to fire people for bringing lunch to work go and open a kfc in Pakistan or Syria, of course you won't cause those places suck to live in. Viva SA labour laws!

  • PatrickLlewellynThomas - 2012-08-13 11:09

    I disagree with the ruling...the poor guy only gets R5200 remuneration....2 MONTHS this guy is without work...This is KFC we are talking about...They must PAY up!

      psalm.proverb.3 - 2012-08-13 11:17

      @ Patrick I agree. Some money for pain and suffering for the appalling way he was treated for refusing to bow to Islamic supremacist ways under the 'halaal' logo.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-13 11:20

    KFC for lunch everyday is sure to make you feel sluggish, give you a headache and send you to the loo at least 4 times a day. The staff need an area for them to put their food, warm their food and eat their food. There are workers who go to my uncles garage in Empangeni to warm their food and sit on the benches there to eat.

      koo.doyle - 2012-08-13 11:29

      Absolutely!!!! Provision for those who bring their own lunch must be made.

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-08-13 11:27

    KFC's food is vile. There's have been a couple of scandals clouding their image. What is wrong with bringing your own food anyway - maybe Mr Cele knows something the general public doesn't.

      bless.boswell - 2012-08-13 16:46

      I think you hit the nail right on the head!!!

  • dsundire - 2012-08-13 11:29

    2 pieces of chicken a day is certainly not enough for a man

      bless.boswell - 2012-08-13 16:47

      It's enough KFC to kill you.

  • karenRSA - 2012-08-13 11:41

    I am glad he has been re-employed. Puthu and beans can not contaminatte halaal food. The question that should be asked of this outlett and any other outleets that are Halaal is \the chicken you use, are they free-range (which is NOT Halaal) or not\. If not, then We, the public should not be eating KFC. Chickens should be allowwed to roam free for a minimum of 4 hours per day. This would mean they could eat worms, etc and then the meat is not Halaal because the animal is not allowed to eat other amimals or parts of. If the chicken IS Halaal, then it is cruelty to the chickens for being kept in cages 24/7. Then we should protest and not eat KfC. A friend (R Bevan) brought this to my attention at the time Mr Cele was dismissed. Could someone from KfC respond regarding the Halaal vs free range vs cruuelty to chickens......

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-13 13:13

      It takes 1 month from chick to fully grown chicken ready for consumption for KFC. They are force fed and genetically modified to grow faster.How is that halaal?

  • terence.wessels - 2012-08-13 11:57

    I am very pleased to see victory for this employee. Now just my two cents about KFC, they are a racist company who WILL NOT employ white people, nor will they sell you a franchise if you are white. Why then fellow white south africans, do you support this racist bunch? Boycott KFC and spend your money elsewhere. Oh and another thing, your chips really really suck a lot. Not that you will catch me near these cholesterol traps with no white faces. Sorry.

      LanfearM - 2012-08-13 12:24

      I agree. I haven't supported KFC in a long time, and I make better battered chicken of my own at home anyway!

  • LanfearM - 2012-08-13 12:24

    Excellent news! Who the hell do KFC think they are to dictate to an employee what they are allowed to eat at work? As long as his food does not come near or in contact with the halaal chicken and other crap that KFC sells, then there is no problem at all. Good for you Jabulani Cele!

      anwar.rassool - 2012-08-13 13:06

      Totally agree.. unfair dismissal in the first place and Im sure the shopwoner exploited the Islamic ruling to get rid of this guy in the first place. perhaps they were having some other disputes and this was the one thing the shop owner or manager tried to use against him.

  • aspruyt - 2012-08-13 13:04

    Well done Mr. Cele!

  • marda.coombes.5 - 2012-08-13 13:36

    What happend to basic Human rights? surely he can choose what he wants to eat whether he works for a Muslim or not!

  • oliver.lankes.3 - 2012-08-13 13:42

    So they, (the Muslims) say that we must be tolerant to them and respect their religious beliefs, but they dont respect ours. Typical. No more KFC for me. Ever.

      riad.mahomed - 2012-08-13 14:03

      Ignorance is bliss………..

  • zamasishi.madlala - 2012-08-13 14:12

    Just helloPeter their asses!

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-14 07:54

      Have already. News 24, where are my posts? Got your heads up the ole Islam arshole, have you. Why is everyone so scared of offending this religious disease.

  • hosia.modiga - 2012-08-13 15:18

    This is crazy is Phutu and beans Haaaram???!!!Please bring along mala and Mogodu on your first day to work!!!.

  • rupert.vansittert - 2012-08-13 18:46

    Are employers dictating what we're supposed to have for lunch now? Did KFC expect mr Cele to have their greasy half cooked chicken for lunch? What a farce... Let this be a lesson to them for infringing basic human rights. Sue their asses I say!

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-08-13 21:39

    They ate pigs heart thinking its sheep one remember 3rd degree. They did not die this Haas thing is not aunthetic. they should have tasted it,its just a stunt

      eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-13 23:43

      Surely these is a religious stunt,pigs have nothing to do with religion,is food after all

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-14 00:33

    I wanda hw do non-Muslims survive in Muslim dominated countries?

  • patrick.mettle.7 - 2012-08-14 07:01

    Just another example of the intolarence Islam has for \infidels\. How many companies have two eating areas or Halaal only canteens to accommodate a minority Muslim work force? How many office parties are organised at halaal venues and have halaal catering for the same reason? Yet here we the total opposite as the owner is Muslim and the majority of the workers are not, yet they must comply to his rules. No accomodating their religious views or eating customs. And they say it is a peaceful and tolerant religion.

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-08-14 07:35

    KFC is mad, how could you dismiss someone for bringing their own lunch, what harm can that do?? Seriously there's far more important things to worry about. Is he not performing his duties?? Get real glad he's back at work and leave the poor man alone

  • stetho1 - 2012-08-14 09:26

    No more KFC for me too, or anything with a Halal stamp..

  • stetho1 - 2012-08-14 09:27

    No more KFC for me too, or anything with a Halal stamp..

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