South African house sensation Black Motion have broken their silence about what happened on British Airways flight 6412 while awaiting takeoff from Cape Town International Airport in December.
They were the only two black passengers in business class when a chair missing a back and not reported by staff caused a white passenger to lose her seat.
The duo was then identified by a white British Airways cabin controller as the first to move to economy.
When they questioned this, the police were called and they were instructed to leave the aircraft.
But their account differs from British Airways staff in a draft report of the airline’s investigation.
Black Motion’s lawyers now plan to launch a R3.7m lawsuit for Thabo “Smol” Mabogwane and Bongani “Murdah” Mohosana, and two of their team, Nicky Seema and JJ Nchabeleng.
They accuse Comair of racism, public humiliation and falsely accusing them of terrorism which damaged their brand.
Letters from Erik Venter, CEO of Comair, which owns the British Airways franchise in South Africa, said it “apologises unreservedly” and admits “that our procedures were at fault”, saying that flight crew involved would be disciplined.
However the company rejected claims of racism and refused to pay damages except for R50k to make up for a gig the band missed.
Venter wrote: “We do not believe that such a payment will address the principles of racism that you so vehemently raised in the media, but will rather serve to sweep the matter under the carpet.”