Racist ‘merely en­forc­ing his law’

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A FOR­MER Sodwana Bay guest house owner says by re­fus­ing to ac­com­mo­date “blacks or gov­ern­ment” he and his part­ner are “merely en­forc­ing our law in our pri­vate home”. An­dre Slade made the com­ment in court papers filed yes­ter­day in re­sponse to an Equal­ity Court case brought against him due to him re­fus­ing to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for black peo­ple or gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees. Ex­plain­ing his rea­son­ing on the mat­ter, Slade said: “Very sim­i­lar to men’s hair­dresser ver­sus women’s hair­dresser or pet or not pet friendly ac­com­mo­da­tion.” Last year, Slade – and the Sodwana Bay guest house which he ran at the time – came un­der fire af­ter a Dur­ban woman, Siza­kele Msi­mang, re­ceived an email from Slade which said: “We do not ac­com­mo­date blacks or gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees any longer.” Now the iSi­man­gal­iso Wet­land Park Author­ity and the Depart­ment of Tourism – through the South African Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion – are tak­ing Slade to the Equal­ity Court in Ubombo in Zu­l­u­land. – Be­nadette Wol­huter

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