Fired Oshakati Pharmacy employee: 'I was just joking'

18 February 2020 | Local News

While many were sharing Valentine's Day moments on Friday, Foibe George took to social media to express her disappointment after she lost her job over what she says was just a joke.

George says many people are happy that she lost her job because of a video clip in which she said: “Valentine's Day is for ovaKwanyama people; the ovaNdongas, ovaKwambis and ovaNgandjera can wait for Aids Day.”

According to the Oshakati Pharmacy Group, George was a temporary staff member. She recorded herself while wearing a pharmacy uniform and posted the clip on social media.

“Majority are happy that I got fired by Oshakati Pharmacy for making a joke of Aids and what not. First thing I don't work at the dispensary department to know who is sick and who is not. Yes Aids is real like you all saying. But did you hear me saying people that are infected in my video? NO!!! I mentioned Aids Day that is remembered in the world,” read George's Facebook post.

“I am not trying to defend myself here, as I know it was wrong doing it while in uniform. A black person will always celebrate on another black's downfall. Period!!!”

George said she felt the backlash was unfair. “We have many that use to make fun of the president and other leaders, insulting them and so on, how many of you have been fired from your jobs? Take your eyes away from me. Take a quick moment and ask yourself how many mistakes have you done, how many people have you offended? Once you are done, then ask yourself if you really have the right to judge me.”

The Oshakati Pharmacy Group responded on social media to the incident.

“The Oshakati Pharmacy Group sincerely regrets the social media post made on the private accounts by one of the temporary staff members. This does not reflect on the position of the Oshakati Pharmacy Group,” its statement said.

The pharmacy did not respond to Namibian Sun's questions about the matter.

ILENI NANDJATO

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