Cardinal Napier slates racist Slade's attempts to sue the Catholic Church
Cardinal Wilfred Napier has described the court challenge by “racist” guest house owner Andre Slade as revealing a man who does not have all his faculties about him.
Slade’s court application – an attempt to excommunicate the Roman Catholic Church from South Africa based on allegations of murder‚ blasphemy and crimes against humanity – was speedily struck from the Durban High Court roll on Tuesday.
Slade‚ 54‚ made headlines last year when he sent an email saying blacks and government officials were not allowed to stay at the Sodwana Bay Guest House.
As a result‚ he faces charges of hate speech before the Equality Court next week‚ and was also detained after murdering an unarmed burglar at his home in Sodwana Bay in March.
Speaking to TimesLIVE‚ Napier said Slade’s court papers had made little sense to him.
“They didn’t make sense to me‚ so I handed them off to our lawyer to deal with. When I got the first copy‚ I called him to see if I could find out what was troubling him and he went on a tirade about what the church stood for‚” Napier said.
“We are dealing with someone who is not of his senses. I thought about referring it to the Vatican but it was so absurd‚ I decided against it‚” he added.
He said that he was content that the matter had been removed from the court roll.
“I’m glad that it is out of the way and I hope the courts are more discerning about what they accept next time.”