Sodwana Bay Guest House owner Andre Slade will soon be roped into South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) office for appropriate actions after he called Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane a ‘beast’ and a ‘little bastard’.
Slade was previously lambasted by social media users after he turned down a black woman’s request to lodge in his guest house in KwaZulu-Natal.
In an email sent to the woman, Slade said, “Hi we do not accommodate black people or government employees any longer.”
He also posted it along with scriptures, saying, “Please read those and you will understand. Everything you are asking me is explained on the link.
The Bible scripture — Proverbs 29:2 from the King James Version – reads: “When the righteous are in authority‚ the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule‚ the people mourn.”
It’s for a specific purpose‚ as you will read for yourself. We live by certain rules and this is how everything is going to be,” Andre Slade added.
Meanwhile, Maimane has called on the South African Human Rights Commission to hasten investigations into Slade’s conduct.
“We thus welcome the decision by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate this case of overt racism‚ and we urge the SAHRC to act expeditiously in this matter in order to send a clear message to racists and those who engage in racist behaviour,” Maimane said.
The opposition leader opined that the matter is also personal to him‚ as the ‘perpetrator’ had previously referred to him as a ‘beast’ and ‘little bastard’ on his online blog.
Maimane also used the opportunity to state that racism‚ and its bedfellows – homophobia‚ sexism and religious intolerance – have no place in South Africa’s democratic society.
He added that the aforementioned incidents undermine and derail the difficult yet necessary project of building a fair and reconciled South Africa.
There is no gainsaying the fact that people who found themselves in South Africa before 1994 know better about the apartheid regime than men and women who emerged after the vexatious era.
And having fought so hard to break loose from the shackles of white minority rule and all forms of segregation their era paraded, South Africans must realize that unity and love ought to be the country’s buzzword and not give in to racist urges like Andre Slade did.