Virgin Active on t-shirt incident: Let’s agree to disagree
Virgin Active says Muhammed Desai can wear his t-shirt provided other members in the gym are respected.
JOHANNESBURG - Virgin Active has said BDS South Africa's Muhammed Desai can return to the gym wearing his pro-Palestinian t-shirt as long as he respects other members in the facility.
Management met with the activist on Thursday evening to discuss an incident which was recorded with a cellphone camera on Wednesday.
In the footage, Desai can be seen confronted by staff at the Virgin Active Health Club in Houghton because he was wearing a t-shirt with the words, 'in solidarity with Palestinians against Israeli apartheid'.
The club said members complained about Desai's choice of clothing and politely asked him to not wear it again.
Virgin Active managing director Ross Faragher-Thomas said they had an issue with Desai's 'aggressive' behaviour outside the club.
"There were heightened emotions around the t-shirt that Mr Desai was wearing, and at the moment we felt it in the best interest of people to ask various people involved to actually leave the premises. Mr Desai was asked to please take the situation outside."
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Meanwhile, Desai said he will continue to defend freedom of expression and is considering lodging a complaint with the Human Rights Commission and also taking the matter to the Equality Court.