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SAHRC: Brakpan restaurant’s 'date night' policy disturbing

An EWN investigation revealed how the Lake Restaurant doesn’t allow same-sex couples on Thursdays for "date night".

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 - The South African Human Rights Commission says it’s disturbed by reports of an East Rand restaurant which refuses to allow same-sex couples to dine at their establishment on certain days.

This morning an Eyewitness News (EWN) investigation revealed how the Lake Restaurant in Brakpan doesn’t allow same-sex couples on Thursdays for an event known as date night.

Two EWN reporters went undercover, posed as a gay couple and booked a table at the restaurant, but were prohibited from entering with the owners saying that the event was only for heterosexual couples.

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

The commission says that it will look into the restaurant’s policy.

Spokesperson Gushwell Brooks: “It is very disturbing and obviously very upsetting in South Africa in the year 2017 and the simple reason for this is because we have a Constitution that extends the right of equality to all people on the very basis including race, sexual orientation, sex and gender.”

(Edited by Neo Koza)