Jul 4, 2010 12:00 AM | By Sashni Pather
A client at an upmarket Sandton hairdressing salon was "screeched at" when he mentioned the name of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema while having his hair done.
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Sandton businessman Goolam Mohammed, who has had his hair cut at the popular Bijan Hair Boutique in Sandton City for over two years, claims manager Phillip Vos went on a tirade because he was talking about the controversial youth leader.
''Whilst my stylist Mat was working on my hair I struck up a conversation with a woman also having her hair cut. I was talking specifically about Malema and the good work he has done despite the controversy he has courted. She disagreed with me about Malema but said she was confident in the ANC. It was just a general conversation to pass the time," Mohammed said
"Suddenly Phillip, who was busy with another client at the time, came screeching in my direction with his hands waving in the air from side to side screaming: 'You are offending me and my clients, and I will not have you mention that person's name or that organisation in my store. If you dare to mention that name again ... leave this store'."
Mohammed said Vos then stormed out of the store angrily and returned about five minutes later.
Salon owner Larry Le Roux called the incident a 'storm in a teacup'. "This is a private matter and there is a case pending with the police; we will not comment further," he said.
An officer at the Sandton SAPS confirmed that a case of intimidation had been opened by Mohammed.