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South African pharmacy apologises after sparking racism row with descriptions of black hair

Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi said the images are offensive and “disrespectful to black lives”.

A leading South African retail pharmacy chain sparked a racism row after posting images on its website describing black hair as “dull” and white hair as “normal”.

Angry South Africans took to social media pillorying Clicks Pharmacy for what they deemed racially insensitive images that categorised black hair as “dry & damaged” and “frizzy & dull” while an image of blonde hair was captioned “normal” and “fine & flat”.

“Not only is this disrespectful to black lives, it is also evidence of an absence of representation and diversity within the organization,” tweeted Zozibini Tunzi, who wears short natural hair and was crowned Miss Universe in December.

“And we are talking about a South Africa with a population of about 80% black people…. No ways,” she wrote.

Radical leftist opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party lawmaker Mbuyiseni Ndlozi tweeted mostly in capital letters: “We are the black majority & should never, ever accept racism in any form. Our hair, our skin & our bodies, in our country & the world, must be respected”.

The pharmacy has pulled down the images and issued “an unequivocal apology”.

“We are strong advocates of natural hair and are deeply sorry we have offended our natural hair community,” it said in a statement on its Twitter account.

“We have made a mistake and sincerely apologise for letting you down,” said the pharmacy group, one of the two largest in the country.

We would like to issue an unequivocal apology. We have removed the…

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