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PE man fired for calling his colleagues the k-word

The man defended himself by saying he’s been calling black people the k-word for more than 60 years.

FILE: O Steyn Construction owner Okkie Steyn says the company has distanced itself from the man’s comments. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - A Port Elizabeth construction company has dismissed a worker after he allegedly called his colleagues the k-word.

Racism has remained firmly in the spotlight with a number of individuals being called out for posting racist comments on social media platforms in recent weeks.

O Steyn Construction owner Okkie Steyn says the man defended himself by saying he's been calling black people the k-word for more than 60 years.

Steyn says the company has distanced itself from the man's comments.

"I've got a very strong feeling about it. I'm very much against it, it's not where we should be at this time of our lives, and if everybody stands together we'll be far better off than where we are at the moment."

Meanwhile, a Cape Town attorney laid criminal charges against a woman who called him and his friends the k-word over the weekend.

Yamkela Ntola, a second-year candidate attorney at Cullinan and Associates, opened the case against Nicole de Klerk on Sunday.

On Saturday, de Klerk called Ntola and other professionals at the Queen's Plate horse racing event, the k-word repeatedly.

She later apologised on Twitter, saying she was embarrassed by what she'd said.

Ntola said he felt insulted.

"I laid a charge of crimen injuria at the Wynberg Police Station. I will then lay a complaint at the Human Rights Commission on the basis of hate speech and ask them to take it forward from there."