By KENNETH COOKSTEIN-WITHERSTThe Associated Press is in the process of publishing an investigation into a South Africa-based clothing brand known as Bandung that was once a global fashion brand and has been criticized by the business community for its discriminatory policies toward its black employees.
The company was founded in the 1950s and is one of South Africa’s most iconic brands, and its name has become synonymous with the country’s image abroad.
The South African government recently announced a new policy aimed at removing discriminatory and discriminatory practices in its workplaces, including by requiring companies to pay their workers equal wages.
But many workers in South Africa are still struggling to find work because of the countrys low pay, high unemployment rate and poor job security.
Bandung’s recent decision to cut its black workforce by 50 percent to meet a quota of hiring for the year is part of a larger policy to eliminate discriminatory practices at its factories.
A spokesman for the company declined to comment.
The Associated Publishers Group, which owns the Associated Press, said in a statement on Wednesday that the organization has no control over the company and that it does not support or condone discriminatory practices.
The statement also noted that Bandung had no intention of paying the full amount of wages, and that the company has not paid any of its employees as of this writing.
The group also criticized the South African Government for its decision to implement the policy, calling it “a blatant attack on the civil rights of the people of South African,” and said the government should immediately stop the policy.
In a statement, the South Africa African Human Rights Commission called the move to remove black workers “racist and un-African.”