Guest house owner says black people are animals

Guest house owner André Slade has fanned the flames by referring to black people as animals and calling DA leader Mmusi Maimane a "little bastard" and a "beast"

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has voiced his anger over a recent racist incident at a guest house in KwaZulu-Natal.

Earlier this week, people took to social media to express their shock at being denied lodging at the Sodwana Bay Guest House because they were black.

A number of people who had tried booking in at the guest house were told that the lodge didn’t accommodate black people or government employees.

In a statement, Maimane says he takes the matter personally, as the owner had directed insults at him in a blog.

“The perpetrator in this matter, a KwaZulu-Natal resident named André Slade, responded yesterday to a booking enquiry saying that his guesthouse does not ‘accommodate blacks or government employees any longer’, and that he believes in segregating people by race,” Maimane said.
Guest house owner says black people are animals
“This matter is also personal to me, as the perpetrator has previously referred to me as a ‘beast’ and ‘little bastard’ on his online blog, revealing his racism in no uncertain terms.”

Maimane said the party welcomed a decision by the Human Rights Commission to investigate the case.

On Thursday, the owner told KZN radio station Vuma FM that he didn’t accommodate black people and that he saw them as servants.

He said the hierarchy in the world was wrong and that the Bible classified black people as animals.

“Most of the times that we get blacks walking through these doors, they bring prostitutes here and they f**k all night in their rooms and make me feel uncomfortable,” Slade told the station.

“They bring booze here and sit and get drunk and break things … And when my maid has left, they come to me and demand things. They ask me to clean their bedrooms.”

He added that he did not encounter similar issues with white people and that black people were not people. He also argued that the Bible was against interracial relationships.

Maimane says the DA remains committed to fighting racism.

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