Racist’s bid struck down by judge

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RACIST Sod­wana Bay lo­cal An­dre Slade’s high court bid against the Ro­man Catholic Church was over al­most as soon as it be­gan.

Judge Mokgere Masipa in the Dur­ban High Court yes­ter­day dis­missed the be­lea­guered guest house owner’s case be­cause of is­sues around his af­fi­davit and her ju­ris­dic­tion.

“The Ro­man Catholic Church is in the Vat­i­can,” Judge Masipa said to Slade, who was rep­re­sent­ing him­self. “Shouldn’t you be there?”

He replied that it was “im­pos­si­ble to reach the pope”.

“You sit there rep­re­sent­ing the Vat­i­can,” he said.

“I am here rep­re­sent­ing the law,” the judge replied.

Slade and his Slo­vakian wife, Kata­rina Krizan­iova, had listed the Ro­man Catholic Church, the Holy See and Car­di­nal Wil­frid Napier as re­spon­dents in their case.

They were seek­ing an or­der that “the lib­erty granted to Ro­man Curia to set foot on land in South Africa be re­voked” be­cause of “blas­phemy, crimes against hu­man­ity, mur­der, per­jury and prej­u­dice”.

In Slade’s found­ing af­fi­davit – which the judge also said did not com­ply with the rules of the court be­cause it was de­posed to by him­self and Krizan­iova as well as “Yahshuah”, another name for Je­sus Christ and who Slade also claimed to be – he made var­i­ous claims against the church, in­clud­ing that it had been on a “de­lib­er­ate cru­sade of de­cep­tion against hu­man­ity”.

He re­lied heav­ily on quotes from the Bi­ble to sup­port his claims and made ho­mo­pho­bic and racist re­marks.

Slade said South Africa was “the model coun­try for gay and crossed mar­riages, backed by the Demo­cratic Al­liance”, and that this was proof of the church’s “short­sighted de­fi­ance of God’s laws”.

He also said the “beast” re­ferred to in the book of Leviti­cus “de­scribes the black kind, not four-legged an­i­mals”.

“Only God’s peo­ple may rule and they have blue eyes,” Slade said.

He was yes­ter­day ac­com­pa­nied by Krizan­iova, who had un­til re­cently been in jail for be­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally.

Slade made claims against the church

Napier – rep­re­sented by his at­tor­ney, Ai­dan Fayle, of Goodrickes At­tor­neys, and ad­vo­cate Adrian Colling­wood – op­posed the ap­pli­ca­tion yes­ter­day.

In court, Colling­wood said there were de­fects in the ap­pli­ca­tion and that Slade was “try­ing to raise doc­tri­nal is­sues”.

Slade asked Judge Masipa to re­fer the case to “an in­sti­tu­tion that could deal with it”.

She re­fused and also or­dered him to pay the costs.

Last June, Slade came un­der fire af­ter a Dur­ban woman, Siza­kele Msi­mango, re­ceived an email from Slade which said: “We do not ac­com­mo­date blacks or govern­ment em­ploy­ees any longer.”

He is now be­ing taken to the Equal­ity Court to an­swer for his re­marks.

He is also be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for the mur­der of his un­armed, black neigh­bour.

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