SAHRC to investigate racist KZN guest house

The Sodwana Bay Guest House owner has used the Bible to justify his decision to not accommodate black people.

FILE: A photo of the email sent by owner of Sodwana Bay Guest House Andre Slade. Picture: Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will investigate a KwaZulu-Natal guest house that refuses to accommodate black people and government officials as guests.

An email conversation between the owner of the Sodwana Bay Guest House and a black person making a booking recently went viral.

In the conversation, Andre Slade uses the Bible to justify his decision.

While some have taken to social media and an online petition to vent their anger over Slade's comments, the KwaZulu-Natal police say no one has yet formally lodged a complaint with them.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says he has lodged an official complaint with the SAHRC.

"I welcome the fact that they have assured me that an investigation will take place. Certainly, not in a democratic South Africa should we have people using religious language to justify such a misrepresentation of religious views."

At the same time, the Economic Freedom Fighters has called on the establishment to be shut down immediately.