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Cape Town swim school denies claims of racism

The owner of a Cape Town swimming school at the centre of a racism row has strongly denied that his company discriminates against prospective clients on the basis of colour.

Ross Johnston, owner of Swim4Life, said the accusations of racism were a result of a communication error.

Communication was very poor on our part. We were not clear about the different class offerings. This is where the whole confusion has come in.

Ross Johnston, owner of Swim4Life

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

The allegations of racism were made by southern suburbs mother Aimee-Noel Mbiyozo on Facebook, after she enquired about classes for her children, and was informed there were no spots available.

She first enquired in August and was told she would be put on the waiting list.

According to Mbiyozo, the swimming school suddenly became more responsive and accommodating when she used an English pseudonym.


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