She was employed as a full-time packer at the shop at Durban’s The Bluff.
“I started working there in 2010. Two years later I got a calling. While in training I have to wear a white cloth on my head, white beads around my wrists and goat- skin armbands,” said Hlengiwe.
“My boss,Ian Wedderburn,had a problem with the cloth, so I ended up wearing a Spar-branded hat to cover it. I thought I had reached an understanding with him, but I was surprised when he confronted me.
“He said I must remove the ‘shit’ I was wearing and do something about my stink because I was chasing customers away.”
Hlengiwe said the smell Ian spoke about was from the incense she burnt every morning before she went to work.
Her gobela, Themba Ngcamu (46), said Ian had angered Hlengiwe’s ancestors.
“I got a call from her colleagues to rush to the store, and when I got there, she was in a trance.
“When I asked her boss to give me some time to calm her ancestors down, he refused and kicked us both out. Her boss must perform a cleansing ceremony.”
Ian said: “I didn’t fire Hlengiwe. I just sent her home.
“My customers have been complaining about her smell for a while. She needs to come back so we can work something out.”
He said that he would not be paying damages.