The Herald (South Africa)

Guesthouse owner fined R50 000 for hate speech

- Jeff Wicks

RACIST guesthouse owner Andre Slade and his Slovakian partner‚ Katarina Krizaniova‚ have been slapped with a R50 000 fine by the Ubombo Equality Court for hate speech.

Magistrate Thamo Moodley handed down a scathing judgment on Tuesday‚ ordering that the 55-year-old guesthouse owner and his lover pay penance to a non-profit organisati­on based in Mtubatuba, northern KwaZuluNat­al.

Slade made headlines in 2016 when he sent an e-mail barring black people from his Sodwana Bay guesthouse.

He and Krizaniova sparked further outrage when he justified the ban on racist grounds – in various media interviews – stating that “God’s word” said whites were superior‚ that blacks were classified in the Bible as “animals”‚ and that whites had a “crown” on their heads that blacks did not have.

This prompted an equality court bid by the iSimangali­so Wetland Park and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Tourism. The organisati­ons wanted an apology from Slade and his comments to be classified as “hate speech”.

Moodley‚ in his judgment‚ said Slade was protected by the constituti­on to express himself freely‚ but such freedom was confined because it incited violence or hatred.

He said Slade’s denigratin­g comments about black people‚ such as saying they were regarded as animals or servants‚ only served to stir up emotions of hatred between blacks and whites.

“They are catalysts for the incitement of violence not only towards him but also towards innocent whites‚” he said.

Moodley said Slade’s practices‚ beliefs‚ comments and conduct were all inconsiste­nt with the vision of the constituti­on.

“Mr Slade has shown no remorse or any regrets by his racist remarks. He has become so imbibed in his religious beliefs that he does not feel that he has said or done anything wrong.”

Slade said that an appeal against the judgment would be “too costly”.

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