Court Battle Between Roman Catholic Church And Andre Slade
Andre Slade, the owner of the Sodwana Bay guesthouse in KwaZulu-Natal made headlines last year after he warned that he would not open his door to black people because black and white people should not mix.
The self-proclaimed and entirely unapologetic racist owner of the guest house also banned gay and lesbian people from coming close to his business center.
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Slade was later roped to the SAHRC by KZN Tourism MEC Sihle Zikalala, who opened a case of hate speech, illegal operation and tax evasion against him.
He’s expected to appear before an equality court over his hate speech next week.
Section 9(4) of the Bill of Rights clearly states:
“No person may unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds in terms of subsection (3). National legislation must be enacted to prevent or prohibit unfair discrimination.”
The ‘person’ referred to in section 9(4) includes both individual people and private businesses. The grounds listed in subsection (3) includes race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, color, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language, and birth.”
And it’s very obvious that Slade’s speech does not only discriminate, his views are considered very extreme and toxic to the country.
Recently, Andre Slade took the Roman Catholic Church to court, accusing them of blasphemy‚ perjury‚ plagiarism‚ murder and crimes against humanity.
He claimed in his court papers that the appointment of the pope is blasphemy and that by supporting the Spanish Inquisition, the church was party to crimes against humanity.
The racist businessman also demanded the church to denounce all monarchies as well as release all ‘scriptures‚ written history and archaeological evidence’ in their control.
Finally, Slade asked the church to withdraw ’18‚000 amendments to the Bible in admittance to their plagiarism’
In his affidavit, the 54-year-old referred to himself as a renowned author and ‘the son of God’ and his wife‚ Katarina Krizaniova‚ as ‘The Holy Spirit’.
Yesterday, Slade’s application was struck off from the court roll, with Judge Mokgere Masipa, of the Durban High Court citing that the form of his affidavit was incorrect, adding that the High Court does not have jurisdiction over the Vatican.
Slade was ordered to pay the costs of Cardinal Wilfred Napier‚ whose legal representation kicked against the case.
Last month, the controversial businessman shot and killed an unarmed burglar at his home while the man was running away. Nsele, (26) was reportedly caught trying to steal a bottle of wine and some cheese and eggs.
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After the incident, he said he believes the Bible will protect him “because if you find someone in your house and you can shoot him, you don’t have to feel bad about it.”
Andre Slade has not been arrested for the killing and the police say it’s up to the National Prosecuting Authority to decide whether to prosecute him or not. Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala confirmed that the investigation into Nsele’s death is still on.