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Sodwana Bay guesthouse owner says SA constitution is racist

21 June 2017 - 12:42 By Jeff Wicks
Andre Slade, owner of the Sodwana Bay Guest House, on 29 June 2016.
Andre Slade, owner of the Sodwana Bay Guest House, on 29 June 2016.
Image: Thuli Dlamini

Sodwana Bay guesthouse owner and religious fanatic Andre Slade has labelled South Africa's constitution as "racist" as he readies to defend a hate speech charge in the Umbombo Equality court.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the KZN Department of Tourism hauled Slade to court over his denigration of black people and want his comments classified as hate speech.

Slade made headlines last year when an email went viral of him confirming‚ in writing‚ that blacks and government employees were not allowed to stay at the Sodwana Bay Guest House.

The two organisations are demanding he face a R50 000 fine as his comments that whites are superior to blacks was an “impairment to the human dignity of African people and government employees” - and that his actions of refusing access to the guest house to be “unfair discrimination on the grounds of race”.

In Slade’s answering affidavit‚ filed on Tuesday and published on his blog‚ he said that blacks could not be regarded as people‚ and had therefore been "excluded" by the writers of the constitution.

He even went further‚ arguing that God was also a racist.

The guesthouse owner‚ who two weeks ago attempted to sue the Roman Catholic Church‚ expands on the alleged differences between blacks and whites.

In his statement‚ Slade also hits out at the magistrate hearing his case‚ the prosecutor‚ his legal aid representative as well as the sheriff of the court - accusing them of improper conduct.

He also demanded that his hate speech case‚ which he is attempting to defend‚ be referred to the Constitutional Court.

Slade also shot and killed a burglar at his home in March but has not yet been charged.