Intercape bus service traps clients with religious cult on-board films
On the 12th of July 2010 I was booked on an Intercape bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg in South Africa. Ref no: B2Q30HV5
When the on board film started it became very clear that the message emanating from the film was one of fundamentalist Christianity; to the point where the message declared that you would go to hell and burn if you did not yield to the Christian doctrine The message took on the fundamentalist hysteria when members in the films audience were displaying a typical-cult psychosis, precipitated by uncontrollable weeping that stems from severe, unhealthy indoctrination.
I called one of the Intercape assistants and objected to the film because I am an atheist and there were Muslims on board. She laughed and said they would not! I was utterly shocked at her response. I then approached the bus driver and to my horror his reaction was the same, declaring to his staff (who were standing around him), with laughter and a mocking tone, "He wants me to change it?" and continuing to laugh. I told them that I would pursue my complaint beyond the scope of Intercape.
The tape went on for about 3 hours.
The following morning at 08h00 the tape was replayed. When I again lodged a complaint, the assistant again let out a laugh and said that it was company policy to play only this tape. I told her I viewed their forced indoctrination as a form of kidnapping because we have no recourse: we can't climb off the bus; we can't object; they have broken a law by not allowing freedom of religion, but instead have trapped their clients through deceit. Nowhere on their web page does it say that the company only plays fundamentalist christian films, giving the individual a choice to use the carrier or not. She simply smiled at me and walked away, chuckling under her breath.
I have also lodged a complaint with consumer watch, the press, both local and international and sent a private email to Professor Pierre de Vos, Constitutional Law consultant, to ascertain the course of Legal Action that I should take against Intercape and their employees.
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PS: See below, reply from South Africa's Official Opposition Party, the Democratic Alliance:
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Angus Mackenzie
Date: Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 12:01 PM
Subject: RE: Trapped by Intercape's Religious Cult Indoctrination
To: Richard Cunning
Dear Mr Cunning,
On behalf of the Democratic Alliance (DA) I would like to thank you for the email that you sent.
The DA is aware of this issue. We received complaints from foreigners travelling during the World Cup. I will alert the DA Shadow Minister for communications of this continuing situation.
Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the DA.
Public Liaison Officer
Democratic Alliance Leaders Office
Parliament of South Africa
Tel: 021 403 2802