Sodwana Bay Guest House owner, Andre Slade has officially shut down his house guest but would throw its door open only to family and friends.
Slade related this on Tuesday in a text message which reads, “The guest house was shut down yesterday. Now we only receive friends and family.”
His decision to close down the guest house is coming a day before the Kwazulu-Natal provincial government – led by newly elected MEC for economic development and tourism‚ Sihle Zikalala – was set to approach him about the guest house racist policy.
In addition, the ANC had also suggested that his business license be revoked in order to thicken his punishment.
The racist owner of Sodwana Bay drew attention to himself after an e-mail he sent to a prospective client, in which he told the black woman that the guest house doesn’t accept blacks or government employees as guests went viral.
Afterwards, Slade was referred to the Human Rights Commission for appropriate action.
Kwa-Zulu Natal stands tall in matters of racism across the country. Speaking at a press conference in Durban on Tuesday morning‚ ANC provincial secretary Supa Zuma lamented that racism has gotten a better hold of the province.
“The recent racism at the Sodwana Bay guest house undermines the progress we have made to build a non-racial society in our province.
We need urgent and harsh action against the owner. Our struggle for freedom was essentially a struggle against white supremacy‚ and we cannot allow a re-emergence of racism to define our national discourse‚” said Zuma.
However, Slade is yet to answer follow-up questions on why he decided to close the gates to his guest house.