Alleged racism at resort referred to SAHRC

2012-01-24 21:58

Johannesburg - An apparent racist incident at an Eastern Cape resort will be referred to the SA Human Rights Commission, the province's parks and tourism agency said on Tuesday.

It launched an investigation after reports that the Lapel Le resort, in Cintsa, had said an 11-year-old black boy was not welcome on the property.

It had found that the resort was not registered with the Eastern Cape Tourism Board, the agency said in a statement

"We will refer the matter to the Human Rights Commission, which is mandated... to investigate violations of rights entrenched in the Bill of Rights," said the agency's interim CEO Sybert Liebenberg.

The agency said there were contradictions in evidence and witness statements.

Some evidence tended to support media reports, while other accounts appeared to indicate that the owners of the property never directly refused access to the facility based on race.

"We... remain totally committed to upholding the Constitution... and racism and any form of discrimination will not be tolerated and will be dealt with accordingly," said Liebenberg.

The investigation was opened after the boy went to the resort with his white friend and his parents.

When the mother called the resort ahead of the visit, she was allegedly told that her son's friend would not be allowed on the property.

The mother was reportedly told that only blacks who are workers at the site were allowed entry and the black child [could] not join the family for the holiday.

  • boatmedic - 2012-01-24 22:15

    Narrow minded!!! When will this stop.... Dammit. Just forget the past and learn to live with each other.... FFS. He is 11 years old!!!

      Mattewis - 2012-01-25 08:21

      Narrow minded, hey? Eastern Beach in East London is barely accessible to whites any more, as they rather go elsewhere than be assaulted! But hey, it's probably just crime!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-25 09:19

      If white children are not allowed inside a bar its because they are under 18. But if they are black then its racism! The SA blacks have a chip on each shoulder, even 18 years later!!!!

      Koogan - 2012-01-25 09:37

      Newsreader, seems like you havent read the article clearly. The 11 year old boy wasnt aloowed on the property, he never even got close to the bar if there is one.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-25 09:58

      Koogan... I did read the article an dall the others related to this witchhunt. I can tell you that the media have blown everything out of proportion and sensationalism is what drives their business. What makes me sick is that every tiny little F*cking article is all about race! Yes there is a problem. 5 million people have somewhat 40 million staring at them with that 'Where's mine?' glance. 18 years later and we are more backwards than before because the voters keep voting for the same mistake year after year! All I can say is I dont care anymore. I wont help anyone that wont help themselves, and worse, vote for failure. South Africa is great country with a fu*cked up political system. The attitude stinks because when a Neuro Surgeon takes his family and leaves the country, the leaders of the country say go! We dont need you!!!

      Matshidiso - 2012-02-02 12:10

      @Nesreader if you say media has blown this out of propotion, then you do agree that media in this country needs external regulators or monitors like ANC says.

  • Blip - 2012-01-24 22:19

    Close the racists down asap. Teach them an expensive lesson.

      Boer - 2012-01-25 06:14

      Blip How do you know if that really is the story? Have you been there to listen to the conversations.? Dont judge before you know the complete truth.

      Pierre - 2012-01-25 09:13

      Boer, now we suddenly get all analytical and technical, and call to reserve judgement before the facts; but any ANC official is immediately assumed quality, with the mob push for a “hanging”.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-25 09:21

      Blip - the name is appropriate for you, is it the name of your one brain cell?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-25 10:45

      @Newsreader, we all can see your type, don't go around insulting people because you are the biggest ass of them all..

      Newsreader - 2012-01-25 12:19

      Pointplank! You calling me a name? Blip is an idiot who is promoting the witchhunt without the facts. You dont know what the truth is! THe media can be misleading everyone. So before you mark yourself as a muppet, and shut down the livlihood of a business, keep off the band wagon. ....and you hate stupid people..HA!

      Matshidiso - 2012-02-02 12:23

      Newsreader why do you hate facts?

  • tyronlouw - 2012-01-24 22:27

    Against racism in all forms, but could we get both sides of the story? I think we deserve at least that.

      Patrick - 2012-03-13 10:29

      This is too common an experience for Blacks in this country.The majority just choose to ignore it in disgust.It is experienced everyday by Blacks in this country,not only in resorts.Generally it seems whites are uncomfortable in the company of blacks.They live in fear of blacks and fear translates into hatred.As a black try getting into a restaurant or bar in a small town.The hatred is apparent and the discomfort obvious.It is all rooted in the mind.It will take deliberate effort from the black government to eradicate this social ill.

  • Nicholas - 2012-01-24 22:36

    Strange that the mother would phone the resort first to check if her son's black friend would be allowed in.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-01-25 07:00

      Good observation - I was thinking the same thing.

      Michelle - 2012-01-25 07:05

      and after being told no... still going there; according to the article in any event "The investigation was opened after the boy WENT to the resort with his white friend and his parents".

      J-Man - 2012-01-25 08:12

      I think she just phoned ahead to confirm/check the booking....for Mr & Mrs 'Jones', their son 'Matt' and his friend 'Sipho'...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-25 08:58

      Er Nicholas she phoned to confirm the booking twat, follow the story not the headlines..

      Gerald - 2012-01-25 09:06

      Article doesn't say she phoned to check if he can come, merely says she phoned ahead....perhaps she was confirming the booking and gave them names of the attendees when it then transpired little black children are unwelcome

      Nicholas - 2012-01-25 10:28

      Er, Pointblank ...if she just phoned to confirm the booking how would the resort have known she was bringing a black child?? Do you normally mention the skin colour of the people who are booking in? It wasn’t in the “headlines” it was right at the end of the article. @ Gerald, when you book into a resort you don’t normally give them names of all the people going, you give your name and the amount of people / children accompanying you.

      Gerald - 2012-01-25 10:43

      True nick, but some resorts do ask for names of all parties coming, I argued once abt this with a game lodge, but I guess they had wanted us to sign disclaimers. So u r right, it isn't normal to give names...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-25 10:46

      @Nicholas, imagine hte phone call: "Yes I want to confirm the booking for Mr and Mrs X and Thomas and Sipho.." "Sipho? er, we don't allow blacks...." Get it?

  • Obie - 2012-01-24 23:48

    Cintsa, beautiful place.. but can someone explain the punctuation of [could]..? Another one i see is [sic]

      mystae - 2012-01-25 01:10

      A word contained in sqaure brackets '[ ]' is usually inserted into a quote when the person being quoted left it out while speaking. It's just there to make the sentence more complete and understandable. [sic] indicates that the quote is exactly as the person said it. It is usually inserted when there are language mistakes (grammar, word choice) present in the quote.

      Peter - 2012-01-25 06:24

      Thanks mystae, (and Obie) I learned something today - should ask more questions I guess.

  • - 2012-01-25 06:03

    Why did she even feel the need to call ahead and check if the friend would be allowed? Are there still people in the country who are that backward that others feel they have to call ahead to check if non-whites are allowed?

      Blip - 2012-01-25 06:07

      Well, it appears it IS necessary, isn't it?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-25 08:59

      Good grief people, read the whole story, she phone ahead to confirm the booking....*sigh* - 2012-01-25 15:09

      Where does it say she called to confirm the booking? You can't just put words that you want into the article. "When the mother called the resort ahead of the visit, she was allegedly told that her son's friend would not be allowed on the property."

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-01-25 07:12

    Excuse me?? Why did the mother "have to phone first to find out if 'the black friend'" was allowed entrance? How odd!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-25 09:00

      Argh!! She phone ahead for confirmation of the booking, not to see if a black child could come..... hopeless frigging people in this country!

      Karring - 2012-01-25 09:27

      dont get your knickers in a knot pointblank.....

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-25 10:47

      @Karring... stupid people irritate me... headline commenters irritate me..

      Newsreader - 2012-01-25 12:23

      Pointplank....stop eating so much! Your fat face should be on the treadmill and not trailing comments on your keyboard on peoples opinions! This is a forum....... fatty!

  • Grant - 2012-01-25 07:50

    A private resort should be able to reserve the right of admission. In Britain a number of pubs have a sign on the window saying "No under 25s" even though the drinking age is 18. Some pubs ban the wearing of football colours. A few pubs have a sign "Women allowed providing they refrain from excessive talk".

      Gerald - 2012-01-25 09:07

      Have you been to a pub that says no black people are allowed. Seriously Grant

      Newsreader - 2012-01-25 09:23

      Yes, it says no loitering....

      Paco - 2012-01-25 11:07

      stop defending your redneck cousins

      Lulama - 2012-02-24 13:10

      Grant I get where you are coming from but when you don't allow people because of their race it becomes a problem.

      Patrick - 2012-03-13 10:33

      Are there pubs with signs that say 'no blacks allowed"?

  • Sara Hallatt - 2012-01-25 07:58

    Why did the mother mention the race of the boy when she phoned?

      timmy.ditsele - 2012-01-25 08:30

      me think she was just checking her bookings, like mr7mrs so and so trevor and sipho

  • etienne.marais1 - 2012-01-25 08:29

    And obviously, this story is more important than the 40-60 murders a day, mostly black on black.

      Karring - 2012-01-25 09:30

      Mr blank you are the idiot, is the type op comments you give all you can do? insulting and correcting people as if you the only one with an opinion, grow up bru....

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-25 10:48

      @Karring and running after my comments and commenting on them is all you can do? What are your views on this? If you have one..

  • Rony - 2012-01-25 09:24

    Racism still alive...shocked

      Patrick - 2012-03-13 10:40

      Shocked? Move around the country.Go to the small towns.Racism rules.The extent that victim and perpertrator see it as normal relations between white and black.It is almost a right to dish out racism on the part of whites and almost an obligation to accept racism on the part of the blacks.

  • bothapc - 2012-01-25 11:03

    okay...where's the poop? My opinion, these white parents are looking for media attention, I've been reading News24 long enough to know that if a report is this vague, the whole story hasn't been told....

  • nanda.pita1 - 2012-01-25 12:35

    This type of "minimalist" reporting should stop, not only in this country but worldwide. Journalism, in my opinion, means to investigate both sides of the story and then take it to print. But maybe if that was done it would'nt instill such a sensational response, which is what sells. The race card will always be a talking point and it has been from time immemorial. I don't think we in this country are unique in bringing out our trump card called race - its all over. The boy could've been green this story would've still made the news and in turn, a heated debate. Acceptance of all people and ethnic groups is what the world lacks, not just SA. And quite honestly, I am proud that we, the majority of Proudly South Africans, have broken the chains of past indoctrinations which were borne out of fear and ignorance. There is room for everyone .. like smarties in a box.

  • Silvana - 2012-01-25 13:38

    We don't need sh*t like this. Close the resort down if they're found guilty.

  • Dave - 2012-01-25 20:20

    Let`s be honest with ourselves,this "anti-racism" scam is a one-way ticket to bashwhitepeopleville,every time! Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white

  • Matshidiso - 2012-02-02 12:06

    Hard to draw the line, I mean in a nice way. A white family took a black child with to a resort only to be refused entry by those who thought other whites are " intellectual nincompoops" like them. Aai ganade!

  • muzids - 2012-02-24 13:01

    Its really unbelievable that we still have such racial haterd and discrimination in SA.

  • Lerato - 2012-02-24 14:48

    Despite the fact that the lady called was a good move because she too thought about this, whether racism still exists in the country and her instinct was true and i think people like boer and blib live in their own realities. Now lets stop the BS this country belongs to us all. Suck it up ducks!

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