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Same-sex couple takes Lake Restaurant to Equality Court

Mia Agrela says she felt discriminated against by the restaurant’s policy on same-sex couples after being denied entry on "date night".

FILE: Eyewitness News journalists Clement Manyathela & Victor Magwedze present themselves as a gay couple at the entrance of The Lake Restaurant in Brakpan. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A same-sex couple is taking the Lake Restaurant in Brakpan to the Equality Court for violating their right by refusing to accommodate them.

Earlier this week an EWN investigation revealed that the restaurant doesn’t allow same-sex couples on "date night" which is held on Thursdays.

Two EWN reporters booked and paid for “date night,” and posing as a gay couple, they were denied entry on the grounds that it contravenes policy.

Mia Agrela says she and her partner booked for date night late last year and after paying the admission fee, they were shocked to receive an SMS saying no same-sex couples are allowed to take part in the romantic evening which promised candle light, a seven-course meal and live performance.

While Agrela’s money was refunded, she says she felt discriminated against by the restaurant’s policy on same-sex couples.

"They just basically brushed me off. They think I’m just a lesbian chick who is making a whole scene over nothing and I am going to be taking them on to court."

The Human Rights Commission, the Commission for Gender Equality and the Restaurant Association of South Africa have all reacted with shock to the policy and have since launched investigations into the matter.

WATCH: 'No gays please!' It's 'date night' in Brakpan

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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