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Imperial Holdings CEO Mark Lamberti apologised for comments to former employee Adila Chowan after a court found him guilty of impairing her dignity when he referred to her as "female employment equity" in front of managers. The CEO said he "apologises unreservedly" for the remarks to Chowan, an Asian woman. He had not intended to "insult or demean Chowan in any way," Lamberti said in a statement on Tuesday. Lamberti was earlier in 2018 appointed to the board of state-owned enterprise Eskom. His position on the board is now in doubt. The high court ruling marks the second race-related South African court decision in as many weeks. Tension Vicki Momberg, a former estate agent, was sentenced to two years in prison for a racist tirade. She appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday to appeal the ruling. Racial tension remains in SA more than two decades after the end of apartheid. Chowan brought the case against Lamberti in 2017 after she left Imperial in 2015. The CEO’s r...

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