OWNER: André Slade

About 3 000 people protested outside a guest house in Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, where the owner refuses to take bookings from black people and government employees.

KwaZulu-Natal’s economic development and tourism MEC Sihle Zikalala and members of the African National Congress (ANC) protested outside the establishment yesterday morning.

A racist email from the guest house went viral and caused an outrage when it was posted on social media last week.

In the email, guest house owner André Slade turned away a prospective black client, saying the establishment no longer accommodated “blacks or government employees”.

Yesterday, cops kept a close watch on the guest house, where Slade was holed up.

An unapologetic Slade, who stood behind a fence, insisted it was “God’s law” to segregate people by race.

He has since closed his guest house, saying it would only be used by family and friends now.

Zikalala said a complaint of discrimination, tax evasion and hate speech against Slade had been made with police.

He has also called for Slade to be evicted, saying Slade had obtained permission from local chiefs to use the land on condition that he employed locals.

However, he never informed the chiefs that he would be operating a guest house from the premises.