A Christian clothing company is closing its doors in Johannesberg after a racist backlash from a customer.
The company, Christian Clothing J-G, said in a statement that its decision to close the shop in Johannesburgh was taken in response to the recent spate of racist incidents targeting the community.
“In light of recent incidents involving racist acts targeting our community, we have decided to close our shop in the capital city of Johannesburg,” the statement read.
“We are deeply saddened to have to make this decision.
We are grateful to the members of our community who have shown support and understanding over the last few months.””
We do not believe that these racist acts can be condoned by our customers and we will continue to work closely with the local community to address this issue.”
The shop in Christchurch’s suburb of Wollongong, which has a Christian majority, was established in 2012.
The company said it was closed after receiving complaints of racial discrimination.
“The company has a long history of working closely with our community and we feel that we must step back from our business,” the company said in its statement.
“We are looking for new partners who will take a different approach to business and will support our community as we strive to make a positive impact on our community.”
The company said that it was not the first time it had been affected by racism.
In 2014, it was criticised for selling clothing in front of the Wollungong Mosque, where Muslim worshippers have been threatened.
The statement added that the decision to take such a decision was taken with the utmost consideration.
“Our focus is on helping our community in a safe and positive environment and we understand that it may have a negative impact on some customers,” the shop said.
The store has also been attacked online by anti-Christian groups.
In January, the owner of a Johannesburg-based clothing store said that he was also targeted with racist graffiti in the past.
The owner of the store, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was subjected to racial abuse from the same customers.
“Some of them are even threatening to call the police and report the attack, because they think that I’m selling their product,” the owner said.
“This is very distressing.
We have to live in a world where the racism is accepted.”
The owner also alleged that the shop owners have received death threats over their business.
“There are many people who are not aware of how the law works,” he said.
“People who don’t have a clue about how things work, and are doing it for profit.”