The owner of the guest lodge who was found guilty of racism and hate speech remains defiant and has vowed to take his fight all the way to the Constitutional Court following a scathing judgment that described him as a racist. The Mercury reports André Slade – the former owner of the Sodwana Bay Guest house – said he was the victim of hate speech and racism after he was labelled a racist by the MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, Sihle Zikalala.

Slade said he would take his fight to the apex court as his constitutional rights, including freedom of association, had been violated.

He said there was nothing wrong with his remarks, saying they were just facts of biology that black and white people were different. He added that it was his right not to allow people that did not fit his preference at his establishment.

We want this case brought to the Constitutional Court quickly so the matter can be finalised as soon as possible. We have suffered because of this, we have not had an income in more than two years,’ he said.

Full report in The Mercury (subscription needed) Part 1

Full report in The Mercury (subscription needed) Part 2