Man 'spat on' at Pretoria gym

2012-03-25 10:55

Pretoria - A black man claims he was spat on by a white gym member at the Virgin Active in Hatfield, Pretoria, according to a report on Sunday.

Brian Maluleke, 23, said he was scared to set foot in the gym again, City Press reported.

"I had started working out when I felt a cold liquid dripping down my ear and realised the white man next to me had just spat on my face," Maluleke told the newspaper of the incident on Tuesday.

"I asked him why he spat on me. He rudely said: 'It was a mistake. Sorry, dude. I was trying to lift a weight.'

Maluleke said other gym members did nothing to help.

"I was humiliated and scared. I was the only black person around and I didn't understand what was happening.

"I'd never seen my attacker before and we didn't have a confrontation prior to the attack."

According to the report, Virgin Active's managing director Ross Faragher-Thomas apologised and suspended the white man's gym membership.

The gym chain also helped Maluleke find a therapist and paid for his counselling.

  • Hallo - 2012-03-25 11:09

    More sensasionalist news headlines. How does this make top story? The media companies are destroying this country and need to be stopped.

      Andreas - 2012-03-27 10:58

      This country got it's final blow already earlier. Whites should boycott a racially biased set up like "Virgin Active", because it seems Blacks can get away there with anything including theft, rape, break ins, abuse, you name it. And nothing happens, because that would be "racist".

      Tugwana - 2012-03-27 11:22

      Spitting at someone is indecent. Anyway what kind of a person who goes around spitting in public spaces.

      p.borchard - 2012-03-27 16:26

      Methinks it is another member looking for an easy way to get out of his Virgin Active membership.......

      Erich - 2012-03-28 09:20

      If things at Virgin Active is going to carry on in this trend, I think it would be wise to appoint a resident Psychologist to be on standby 24/7.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-25 11:10

    Being spat on can't be pleasant, but therapy? I mean really! The guy apologised, when people do weight training, the tend to focus inwardly, he probably wasn't even aware there was someone next to him! Now the "victim" can say "I was attacked by spit" - sounds rough - glad he survived it.

      Sharon - 2012-03-25 11:23

      Explain to me slowly where my comment contained anything related to race? I would not be happy, that is true, but I do think the "victim" overreacted somewhat - and I would not change my thinking, no matter what his race.

      Adam - 2012-03-25 12:07

      I think he needed therapy before the incident.

      Bluemast - 2012-03-25 14:23

      One could swear that the spit was contamminated with radio-active material - wtf? Counselling??? You idiot looking for attention, shame!?

      Tugwana - 2012-03-27 11:28

      Ok Sharon I'll spit on you and then apologise thereafter. When has spitting in public spaces become acceptable. It is an issue of course, it's humiliating & it doesn't matter if one is green on blue. You ppl who downplay this incident; you are the same kind who can easily hug & kiss your pet d.og than the person who cleans your filth. You are all s!ck.

      Meneer - 2012-03-27 13:23

      we can say whatever,but the guy who did this knows very well that he was practising racism. dont defend dear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Charlvandermerwe101 - 2012-03-27 13:54

      Meneer, Lol, are you for real ? Please get a clue.

      tiaan.fourie - 2012-03-27 14:30

      Look to be quite honest not one of us actually knows what exactly happened. But tt just sounds strange that someone would just spit on someone else on purpous (regardless of skin colour). Especially if you will get caught because you're sitting right next to the person. In my opinion it is more likely that the guy was pushing a lot of weight and some spit flew out of his mouth when he blew out air when lifting the weight. And @Tugwana you fail to realise that if it was purely by accident, surely an apology would then suffice? You presume that he was spat on out of some malicious intent. When an accident is just, if not more, plausible.

      Rodney - 2012-03-27 21:32

      what a idiotic comment so u insinuate that its okay to drip sum spit on a fellow gym user and we should just smile and wave ? what a stupid comment

  • mahomed.mather - 2012-03-25 11:19

    This seems to becoming a trend now in these gyms, especially at Virgin Active Clubs, I wonder if people just want to make a quick buck for themselves.

      Andreas - 2012-03-27 10:59

      Being the victim of "racism" pays.

      Jonathan - 2012-03-27 11:54

      This is unrelated to your comment, BUT what does race have anything to do with what happened here?? All that is needed to say is "guy accidentally spits on another guy" - Then end!

      tiaan.fourie - 2012-03-27 14:36

      Exactly Jonathan. Problem is that it doesn't matter how much some races try to get over this racial thing. Certain others just can't stop obsessing over it. Ironic much?

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-25 11:21

    Now this is getting boring...duh, we have all colours of lectures, workmates, gymmates and a whole lot more in this country...does it mean every tiny problem we experiance has to turn into war. How about we become colour blind if someone spat at you just fix them the old way (end of story)...I sense a spat between Virgin active and News24. I was once told that free goodie bags at Planet Fitness are out of stock but News24 never reported it.

      Irene - 2012-03-25 14:15

      Myancwithnofuture ~ Be very careful what you wish for. As it is most of your bruddahs are in jail so if your wish came true how would you all be accommodated? Prisons are already over crowded.

      Fascisti - 2012-03-25 14:17

      @Myancmyfuture. If racism was punished like that, then most of the ANC officials would belong in jail.

      Derek - 2012-03-25 23:47

      problem with "my cANCer my future" is that he has no concept of the principle that blacks can be racist. He has been conditioned that as it is now "our turn" blacks have a free pass do to whites what whites did to blacks during apartheid. Cant really blame him as he sees this everywhere he looks What with "aa" "bee" and the rest. He is a sheep on the farm and has been programed by squealer to bleat out racist every time they are unable to have a sensible answer questions of serious shortcomings.

  • Paul - 2012-03-25 11:23

    I have NEVER in my life heard a more pathetic story ! I am sure this so-called victim has never done any proper work-out in his life ! It could have been sweat AND the man did apologized ! SHAME on Virgin Active to bent their knee to this ridiculous black-mailing ! It is the "victim" that needed to be suspended not the guy that was just doing his work-out !

      Mark - 2012-03-25 12:46

      @Paul - Are you serious. If that meat-head had spat on me or flicked his disgusting, steroid tainted sweat so that in ran down my ear I too would have reported him. I cannot see how that can be an accident. And yes, I do go to gym and I personally do sweat a lot and I have never ever flung sweat through the air so that it landed on anybody else. Absolutely disgusting behaviour. This meat-head has a problem that is eventually going to get him into a lot more trouble than being banned from a gym.

      dinnyesilva - 2012-03-25 13:39

      @Mark.. Why do you assume it was a big guy that allegedly "spat". I find the newbie, watermelon-lat-inflated school boys far more arrogant and trouble-causing than the veteran gym members. Surely as a supposed gym goer you should know better!

  • Kyle - 2012-03-25 11:26

    dear city press. Why dont you just piss off with stories like this? Its absolute sh*t that this is a news story. Everybody has been spat on at one time or another. But because he's black and its at the racist gym its news? Give us a break please. Fire the guy who writes these stories.

      Jason - 2012-03-25 11:34

      I was spat on once.................ONCE! lol

      Hugo - 2012-03-25 14:43

      not me, never have,not looking forward to it either.

      Nibiru - 2012-03-25 18:15

      @ JasonEye must have been a cobra hence the dark specs

      Marion - 2012-03-26 08:03

      @Niburu - I think the point JasonEye is making is that the person was never brave (or fit?) enough to do it again.

  • jac.theron - 2012-03-25 11:30

    Wow ....if this is making news then the murder and rape numbers must be going down....ummm no.

  • kswanepoel - 2012-03-25 11:35

    This is a friggen joke. Is this so-called "victim" sure it wasn't his own sweat he felt? I totally agree with @Pieter Du Preez, rape and murder are real issues and crime in SA and corruption. I believe one of SA's biggest problems are these generation-X (16 - 26 year olds) who believe everyone targets them and everything should be handed to them on a silver platter!

      niccih - 2012-03-26 09:09

      Luviwe, nobody is denying or defending that the man had spit on his ear. Have you ever been in a gym heavy weight section? There is a lot of bodyfluids. I want to reitterate that I AM NOT CONDONING the shameful behaviour. He also says he has never seen the man before and he had no argument with the man. Why all of a suden did the victim feel scared? I dont understand why he was scared? If someone spits on me, I would get angry! The attacker clearly has personal hygiene issues. Other than rude and disrespectful behaviour, I dont understand where the race thing comes from. I also dont see how fair it is to drag Virgin Active's name through the mud. It's not like they condoned this behaviour either. Even if the roles had been reversed, I would have said the same thing. This matter should have been resolved without involving the press. I agree with the other forum members that the journo has decided to make a spectacle of this. Really? Do we not have worse things in SA to argue about than one guy spitting on another?

      psebetlela - 2012-03-27 10:54

      @ niccih..u seem 2 b a bit backwards, u say.."...gym heavy weight section...lot of bodyfluids.." n u say " not condonin shameful behaviour" n u continue2 say " active shudnt b draggd in2 ds as they dnt condone ds". let me tel u,yo reasonin capabilities are whack.wht shameful behaviour not 2b condoned if its normal 'weight lifting section bodyfluids'??? u nid 2get off whteva u smokin or u deliberately undermining pple's intelligence thinkin u smarter thn everyone.u seem 2b swayd in al directions by yo own short white brain cells.a spat is a r u sayin really..nxa.dt goes 2al of u justifyin ds f*-d up behaviour.

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-25 11:36

    Oh No, Here we go again,

      bluzulu - 2012-03-26 06:58

      Another storm in a Teacup,

  • Herman - 2012-03-25 11:36

    Really people, when are we going to GROW THE F UP?

  • David - 2012-03-25 11:37

    What a load of crap, why therapist? Get over it man. It's not like you had a gun to your head ffs.

      Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-03-25 11:51

      Ag shame man - attention seeking idiot playing the system. I have been held up at gunpoint, been robbed several times, had an intruder at my bedroom window and have to dodge gobs in the street every day. Oh, I know that's not being racist, it's just a cultural thing. Good job I didn't need a therapist for every incident or I would have been in a padded cell by now. Racism works both ways folks!

      Alaina - 2012-03-25 11:51

      Agreed. I'm sure we've all been a victim of racial hatred, it just depends how you decide to handle it. Going to the papers is a bit extreme. It's not cool what happend to him, not at all but come on. Therapy? I was held up at gunpoint twice in one month at the age of 20 and even I didn't feel the need for therapy.

      Jason - 2012-03-25 12:34

      @Nicki an intruder only becomes an intruder once he enters your house. Until then he is just a pervert lmfao. Just a joke!

      kitsykatsy - 2012-03-27 02:41

      David 10 out of 10 for your comment !!!! A therapist OMG -- have now heard everything. A 23 year old toning his muscles to perfection, feels some cold water dripping down his ear (although he said he was spat in the face) now neads a theraphist ..... Wwwwaaaaaa !!!!!

  • johncarlos.biza - 2012-03-25 11:44

    Am I the only one who thinks it's a little offensive to mention the idiot's race? It feels kinda racist to mention that he's's like an unwarranted jab at an entire nation.

      Jason - 2012-03-25 11:49

      Dude if he is white and he spat at someone, irrespective of their color, then I for one am highly ashamed. But i wouldn't mind hearing the gym bunny's side of things.

  • Francois - 2012-03-25 11:46

    What a lot of crap. The guy apologized and no racist remarks was made. Maybe Virgin should re-think their racist policy and move the equipment further apart. Can you imagine all the potentially banned members in a aerobics class (sweat getting on the person next to you)? or all the banned members for splashing water in the pool? Come on get real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Luviwe - 2012-03-25 13:35

      Racism can be different forms.

      Johan - 2012-03-27 07:13

      @Luviwe, like farm attacks and songs?

      Charlvandermerwe101 - 2012-03-27 14:00

      @ Luviwe Like Affirmative Action and BEE ?

      tiaan.fourie - 2012-03-27 14:44

      @Luviwe - There's your problem. Why does it have to be racism, of some kind or another? If it were a white person who got spat on by another white person, this wouldn't even have made news. The guy accidentally spat on ANOTHER PERSON! You want racism to be stopped, yet race is all you see!

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-03-25 11:51

    Seems legit. I often spit when lifting weights its pretty common. Dunno why it has to become a race issue...what if the wieghtlifter was Black? yeah...then it would be fine wouldn't it? WOULDNT IT?

      Hugo - 2012-03-25 14:49

      sies ,do you talk with food in your mouth too or scratch your bum while delivering a presentation :-))

      karen.inward - 2012-03-25 21:59

      If the weightlifter had been black nobody would have bat an eyelid because some members are more equal than others. Methinks I'm going to use this opportunity to cancel my VA membership tomorrow. This club is getting too racist.

      Wesley - 2012-03-26 22:16

      wow dude! where do u gym? seriously ive never seen anyone spitting while weightlifting! unless its in their yard! who cares what colour they are!

      Johan - 2012-03-27 07:15

      @Wesley, clearly you've never done bodybuilding and also you don't spit on purpose.

  • Andre Ernstzen - 2012-03-25 11:58

    The incident seems unfortunate but why make it a racial issue. Sounds like this oke is making a "meal" of it. Counseling? Really?

      Lunga - 2012-03-25 12:09

      Okay, Andre. Let's go to Alex. Out of the blue, I'll spit on you, and you have to tell me how you feel. Yeah?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-25 13:19

      A Lunga. I was in a Chicken Licken full of black people with black sales people. I was the only white human. Everyone was concentrating pushing to get in front and I was pushed hard around by every-one. Faces next to mine. Breath getting blown into my face. Some moistly coughs over my face. The same happened before at a gov, institution. Both times It felt if I was part of a animal stampede or some sheep that got forced to past a small opening. The other day I was in a similar "stampede". The difference was that all were white again. I don't know the full story of this article and neither do you, but my own ones I know and it was bad. Did you heard om me making it a public story? As long as you looking for some certain things you will draw these "happenings" to you. Get rid of the self-victim pity and judge it for what it is(according to the bit of info N24 fed us with) Beside my point, above, I still belief that is very, very bad manners to spit in situations like that(public and people around) and I would have consider giving that person a very strong warning. People just be careful that N24 did not blown up certain areas and filled certain gaps to make this story more news than it original was. Remember Sundays is slow and your clicks much appreciated.

      nokuthandwa - 2012-03-26 14:18

      @DuToitCoetzee I agree with you. At Mr Price, a security guard stopped me and asked if she could search my bag. I agreed then 2 white ladies walked by and she said nothing to them, I asked why, she said she had been instructed by management to search only black peoples bags. The incident actually did hurt my feelings but I also didn't make a public story about it and didn't need therapy but it has stayed with me!

      Hugo - 2012-03-26 23:45

      nokuthandwa my heart goes out to you but you should have taken it up.We cant allow such things to happen in this current dispensation.

  • wilma.botts - 2012-03-25 11:59

    Please close down all these Virgin Active Gyms.....seem to be getting out of hand that the white gym member/trainer is always the bad guy...DON'T WORK THAT WAY....Always 3 sides to a story his/hers or hers/his and the TRUTH......

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-03-25 13:00

      Wilma thats ANC mentality right there.

      dinnyesilva - 2012-03-25 13:07

      Really Wilma? Really? Where is your mentality in "Please close down all these Virgin Active Gyms". This is sensationalism reporting as clearly the media hops onto an event and milks it to death.

      Rodney - 2012-03-27 21:36

      lol wilma not much thought went into that comment hey

  • Nonku - 2012-03-25 12:00

    In a country where there is so much violence, abuse, gruesome murders, rape etc he has to go to therapy for spit! I think I need therapy because someone stepped on my foot yesterday hahahahaha.

      Johan - 2012-03-27 07:17

      Correct Nonku, then 80% of pupils must go for therapy, especially the ones sitting in front of the class.

  • manyanyaphiri - 2012-03-25 12:03

    I am sick and tired of WHINING SO-CALLED BLACK MEN AND MAYBE WOMEN TOO COMPLAINING IN A GYM. For goodness, if a so-called white "spits" at you, IT IS JUST A MERE GREETING: "Hi, my fellow-human being, I recognize you, take my sputum on your face"! What do you do thereafter? OF COURSE YOU RECIPROCATE, and spit back!!! Haven't you been to a kindergarten in your entire life, huh? Where do you want your fellow-human-being's sputum if not on your public parts like the face? ON YOUR PRIVATE PARTS, HUH? Unfortunately there is no stripping in the gym or you will be arrested for public indecency! To the blazes with you Complainants; and I hate journalists who keep on churning these trash stories. As for those who fear being spat at in the gym: JUST DO NOT GO TO THE GYM, SILLY! If you did not know, it so happens that the gym, by its very definition, gets a lot of human bodily "liquids" flowing around: testosterone, sweat, tears, blood and TOO OFTEN, the favourite of gutter journalists: SPUTUM! South Africa has far more serious racial problems like land claims and redistribution of wealth to get bogged down by idiocies like a conflict in a gym. Now what do you want to call it when two whiteys or two blackies spit at each other? "Blackism" and "Whitism"? Why should it be an issue when the other one who spat bears a different skin colour? OK, I admit,I read only the title of the story!

      Raeez - 2012-03-27 08:44

      In other words you mean. "Man up" lol

      jordaanjean - 2012-03-27 11:52

      AMEN !!! brother.. I totally agree. There is far more serious issues in this country than some spit. For heavens sake. Now the poor guy is suspended from the gym just because of some pathetic Nancy boy.

  • Ntombenhle - 2012-03-25 12:04

    ok to all those people who say that the guy over reacted, How would you feel if someone spat on you? No warning nothing? It is quite sad that the spitter is a white guy, and the receiver of the spit is black. I think the councelling is a bit over rated, but Mr Spit must just get his own gym at home and spit all he wants, he probably can afford it.....

      Jason - 2012-03-25 12:37

      I would personally stand up and put his teeth down the back of his throat! But thats just me!

      Luviwe - 2012-03-25 13:44

      My feeling exactly, a gym is a public place, why spit all over the place? Mr Spit was simply out of line and unfortunately it was a white person spiting on a black person. Knowing our history, people need to be a little bit sensitive.

      Bulelwa - 2012-03-25 23:08

      Ntombenhle for your information I was once spat on by a white girl. Maluleke felt something on the ear I was spat on the face and only because I was walking to the shops holding hands with my white best friend (woman). This is what is called racial hate because the girl first made a comment to her two friends she was walking with. She first asked her friends how can a black girl hold hands with a white girl, she started off by saying, “I quote” I feel like vomiting and continued saying I feel like moering her. My friend responded by saying we are all God's people and God is not white or black. My friend continued and said to this girl that spat on me. God has forgiven you for what you just said and God loves you. The girl replied back and she said, “I quote” God loves us but not for Dogs and Pigs”. AND ASS SOON AS SHE SAID THAT SHE SPAT ON MY FACE and walked away. Do you want to know something? I never went for counseling nor did I view all white people as that. I just made a choice and I decided to do what is best for me and that is FORGIVE her and live at peace first with myself. That incident didn't make me see racism in everything but instead whenever a black person says or does something nasty to me I always ask myself what if the person was white? Would I still see it as just something nasty or would I allow myself to be reminded of the past? I'm a woman who believes in progress. I work towards moving forward and not the other way round. So really people let's be realistic and work to build rather than encouraging hypocrisy.

      Konrad - 2012-03-27 13:20

      for one thing,i wont run to the press,i will sort it out like we whiteys do. if you cant handle the gym setup,where tempers etc sometimes get out of hand,go home and be a sissy there

      tiaan.fourie - 2012-03-27 14:55

      Hats off to @Bulelwa. Her comment should be read by everyone. As it provides the much needed perspective this situation has needed. Spitting on a person, whether it be out of malicious intent or accidentally, is NOT necessarily racial hatred!

  • tumelo.mokupo - 2012-03-25 12:06

    100% Sabelo, objective is to make money and such reports does nothing positive in contribution to our one nation building objectives. However shame on those who still practice such things.

  • lydonmcg - 2012-03-25 12:08

    WHAT does this have to do with race?

  • jenniferann.palmer - 2012-03-25 12:09

    Oh come on...get real....Counselling????

      marnusmnorval - 2012-03-25 22:13

      Lunga he should be used to getting spat on by now??

  • nicola.killops - 2012-03-25 12:16

    While I was doing jumping Jacks during my aerobics class at Virgin Active, some sweat sprinkled on me from surrounding classmates. I couldn't work out who it was so I don't know if it was racially motivated, or just what happens during group exercise some times....Come on now!!!!!!! Really??

  • Philip - 2012-03-25 12:25

    aarrrr shame, a big mean naughty racist white man accidently spat on a the always innocent respectful well mannered black man. Black men are so sensitive its unreal, little pansies........

  • bryan.billy2 - 2012-03-25 12:25

    I think thoz 2 shld hve pacted silently withinly, nd we obviously kw dat whites are harsh on blacks bt lets tak other issues lightly, cum on Maluleke b a man.

      Irene - 2012-03-25 14:20

      What is it that you're trying to say?

      kitsykatsy - 2012-03-27 03:25

      bryan billy 2, my tougue lashing would have sent you to a therapist for sure !!!! I am not asking for perfect English, but these BBM and SMS messages should be banned. The are frustrating, infantile and you name it. I can also BBM but the English is readable !! Keep your BBMs for your chommies and your ENGLISH on these blogs. 100 thumbs down and i would not care.

  • andre.ernstzen - 2012-03-25 12:28

    "A black man claims he was spat on by a white gym member at the Virgin Active..." if that's not sensationalism then I don't know what is

  • Bhavvik - 2012-03-25 12:30

    Now i know whats wrong with me, when i was 5 a pigeon took a dump on my shoulder,#i havent been the same since! lol, should have had therapy

      kath.mcfarland - 2012-03-27 15:51

      Of course the question is "was the pigeon black or white"? :)

  • Marcelo - 2012-03-25 12:31

    To the black dude :if the white guy was black, would you still go gagga bananas about it? I don't think so. To the City Press reporter who wrote this pathetic garbage: whould you still write this story if the white man was black? I don't think so. Both of you, pathetic scumbags, get a life!!!!

      Hugo - 2012-03-25 14:56

      I agree.The reason is simple:racism is hurtful and disheartning to most blacks considering that they had to endure it for the past 45 years.I understand why this is so confusing to you.Peace.

  • Kyle - 2012-03-25 12:37

    this is sad for our country. Imagine if white people cried foul for every petty story like this? Thank god thats not the case. Maybe in 10years from now, the news will report this without making all the racist insinuations and trying to get under our skins. The media is trying to incite us, we'l never move ahead with journalism like this. Its a sad state of affairs.

  • Llunhomey - 2012-03-25 12:38

    You gotta be kidding me!!!! therapist and counseling? That must have been a big white oke!

  • Simon Mtshwene - 2012-03-25 12:40

    Tshesa mpama.

  • brainbowgold - 2012-03-25 12:40

    On the face of it...well done to Virgin Active for the prompt response. Daily events in society are filled with personal conflict and sometimes the media has the ability to hit nerves where it could have been prudent to avoid publishing. Was it a race issue to begin with? We need to be given more information as it could simply have been an interpersonal mishap, common in everyday life. More info please prior to publishing...

  • inkosi - 2012-03-25 12:43

    Maluleke is just a gay in the making, how could he be so sensative. Hai suka mani.

      Philip - 2012-03-25 13:01

      Well bloody said!

  • Arno Du Toit - 2012-03-25 12:45

    Somebody was accidentally spat at a gym and News 24 post this rubbish under top stories. to make things even more absurd Virgin Active have suspended the monster who accidentally spat on someone at a gym. The white guy should take legal action against virgin and the editor of news 24 should be sat down and spoken to, if news 24 want to be taken seriously

      bashin.monyela - 2012-03-25 12:53

      Yeah they took things too far by doing that, if it was accidental.

  • AJGoosen - 2012-03-25 12:47

    City press looking for some readership, Storm in a tea cup... Not nice but not worth the "exposure"

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-03-25 12:48

    Lol, counselling, was he that traumetised ? If it happend intentionaly and was racialy motivated, then its worse than being called any name under the sun, it means that person is disgusted by you, but then i would say spit on him too and fight it out if need be, make it a man issue not race.

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-03-25 12:48

    Lol, counselling, was he that traumetised ? If it happend intentionaly and was racialy motivated, then its worse than being called any name under the sun, it means that person is disgusted by you, but then i would say spit on him too and fight it out if need be, make it a man issue not race.

  • Klaas - 2012-03-25 12:55

    Certain race thinks this is funny but we will respond.some even says 4rm 94 31000 farmers have been killed but they dont tell us about how many farm workers have been killed 4rm 94.we are not shaken and intimidated by those remarks.racism is still affecting us the majority.

      Herman - 2012-03-25 13:05

      Yes, it is you weakling, grow a backbone and with that, add some brains too

      fuzile.matoto - 2012-03-25 13:34

      This is so true klaas.

  • Herman - 2012-03-25 12:56

    Shame, the poor black

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-25 12:56

    If race was a being...that being has successfully managed to screw us all from extra happiness and success bit by bit...remember that moment when colourful person different from you cheated on the shopping/bank queue...what came to your mind was mixture of race and some weed you smoked. And oh again that moment when two colourful beings of different colours fighting, and the first being innocent you saw was the same as your just won't end ey. The will be a time majority will realise that colourless people who know nothing about the word race are the ones who are climbing the corporate ladder this days and grabbing all the opportunies while the right wingers and left wingers are busy try to fly on their specific directions.

  • dinnyesilva - 2012-03-25 13:02

    This story is now getting old and stupid. Seems every episode that occurs at a gym will be reported as racial discrimination. Thumbs up to Virgin PR in sorting out the unnecessary negative publicism.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-03-25 13:08

    this is disgusting bit is it national news ? should not even be reported on , how many people were murdered this week but dont get a mention . we seem to love to highlight anything that might be racially motivated , it was dealt with by the gym . i have been spat at . my wife was spat at by a taxi driver , my sister whilst walking in the street by occupants of a taxi , so it is quite common

      mhlengwem - 2012-03-25 19:53

      That is why I would have squeezed the damnwit's balls until it could screem no more...if it did that to me

  • Vis - 2012-03-25 13:15

    Well said Sabelo! Lets deal with the problem at hand and forget about the colours of the people involved.

  • luzukotosh - 2012-03-25 13:26

    I'm black myself, I think people are exagerating and seeking attention about these virgin active complaints. I've been a member for years and never experienced racist behaviour

      Craig - 2012-03-25 14:19

      agreed hey,i`ve been training hard six days a week for almost 20 years with a good group of guys who are(black lifters),never seen one issue in the gym.these stories,especially so many in such a short time are beginning to sound fishy.

      Bulelwa - 2012-03-25 20:58

      I somehow agree with you my friend. I'm a black woman myself and soon I'll be registering at Virgin Active gym because I think it's less chaotic.

  • Charlotte - 2012-03-25 13:32

    Come on!! It was an accident, why does everyone have to make a big deal out of this????

      nokuthandwa - 2012-03-26 14:20

      maybe it was but he shouldn't go around spitting full stop, be it on the floor or on people. its nasty!

  • Frans Van der Poll - 2012-03-25 13:33

    I'm dumbf****d. What did Mr. Maluleka do as a child when he was teased? Oh his mom took him for therapy.

  • John - 2012-03-25 13:39

    Get your own jim Brian. This story is a fabrication.

      Mari Theologo - 2012-03-25 13:43

      For sure these people are nuts!!

  • Mari Theologo - 2012-03-25 13:42

    And why only Virgin Active its fishy!! Really people get a life!! Race card again!! This is not news worthy! Or is somebody trying to discredit Virgin Active!!

  • anthonyangiev - 2012-03-25 14:00

    Third reported incident in a month.... a bit TOO convenient if you ask me....

  • Fourhundredkg - 2012-03-25 14:12

    This seems to be trend at Virgin gyms. Everything seems to be covered in body fluids while the unhelpful staff yell at each other and ignore the patrons. I cancelled my Virgin membership when I started getting yucky infections every time I went there. The racial resentment from black staff and patrons was also getting unpleasant.