TWO EX-British Army soldiers have won a racial discrimination case against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Nkululeko Zulu and Hani Gue were subjected to a “degrading, humiliating and offensive environment” as a result of the racial harassment they experienced during their time as paratroopers, an employment tribunal has found.
Employment judge, Richard Baty, found that the Zulu and Gue had been subjected to racism when photos of the pair were defaced.
Photos of Gue and Zulu were vandalised with the drawing a swastika, a Hitler moustache and the n-word.
“The conduct was unquestionably unwanted; the graffiti in question was of the most unpleasant nature, set out on Mr Gue’s personal photographs and was racially highly offensive,” The Guardian reported Baty said in a written statement.
The person responsible for the racist graffiti has not been identified but Baty said that the motivation of the act could only be to violate Zulu and Gue’s humanity and create an “intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating and offensive environment for them”.
Baty did not rule in Zulu and Gue’s favour over other claims of racial harassment, such as their allegations that their barracks in Colchester were decorated with Nazi flags.
The lawyer representing Zulu and Gue said that the pair plan to seek compensation for the harassment they faced and recommendations for the MoD to tackle the issue.
“The claimants have succeeded in establishing their claim against the MoD that they suffered racial harassment during their time in the army and that the MoD did not take all reasonable steps to prevent such harassment,” The Guardian reported Amy Harvey of Banks Kelly Solicitors said.
She added: “The claimants intend to seek compensation and recommendations from the tribunal that the MoD implement better equality and diversity training within the armed forces.”
Zulu, who is from South Africa, served as a lance corporal in the Parachute Regiment in the army, which he joined in 2008.
Gue, who is from Uganda served the 3rd Battalion (3 Para) A Company.