Ruling against racist guesthouse owner upheld
Racist guesthouse owner Andre Slade was dealt another blow when KZN High Court (Durban) Judge Esther Steyn upheld an earlier ruling by the Equality Court that found him and his partner, Katarina Krizaniova, guilty of hate speech, says a TimesLIVE report.
In February, Magistrate Thamo Moodley ordered that the 55-year-old guesthouse owner and his lover pay R50 000 penance to a non-profit organisation based in Mtubatuba in northern KZN.
Slade made headlines in 2016 when he sent an e-mail barring black people from his Sodwana Bay guesthouse. The duo sparked further outrage when Slade justified the ban on racist grounds in various media interviews.
He stated 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 KZN Department of Tourism. Slade and Krizaniova had taken the decision on review, on the basis that Moodley had constrained their right to lead evidence and had also failed to acknowledge their freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution.
In her judgment, Steyn said the proceedings ‘were in accordance with justice’.
‘The respondent’s biblical beliefs that blacks are inferior to whites, less intellectual than whites and less human than whites are not only demeaning in the extreme but are without any substance. Slade's conduct can never be tolerated in an equalitarian, democratic society based on human dignity,’ Steyn said.
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