South Africa 25.6.2016 01:13 pm

DA’s Phumzile van Damme ‘too black’ to book a table

DA MP Phumzile Van Damme. Picture: Gallo Images

DA MP Phumzile Van Damme. Picture: Gallo Images

The DA’s spokesperson says she is serious about giving a ‘racist’ restaurant a piece of her mind tonight.

National spokesperson of the DA Phumzile van Damme has allegedly become the latest victim of everyday racial prejudice in South Africa.

Van Damme says she was racially discriminated against by a Durban restaurant that allegedly declined her booking under the pretext that they were fully booked. She says that her white friend called five minutes later and space was actually available.

She said: “I call to book a table at a restaurant – fully booked. My white friend calls five minutes later – table available. Coincidence? I think not.

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“I will not boycott. I am entitled to go anywhere I like and go I will. Let’s just say the restaurant will hear from me tonight,” said Van Damme.

“My sister called five minutes later and it was suddenly fully booked again. Racism exists because we allow it room to thrive. Nah, son,” she added.

As is all of this were not enough, Afrikaner-rights activist Dan Roodt joined the fray to add his two cents. Roodt said “ apparently you’re from Swaziland. Maybe you should complain to the SA Tourist Board? Just keep your illegals home tho [sic].” Van Damme replied: (Hamba uyodlala le kwaSathane ke wena. Anginas’skhathi sakho [loosely translated this means: Go play at Satan’s, I don’t have time for you”.

Roodt made headlines in 2014 when he attacked Chester Missing, a puppet handled by Conrad Koch. Roodt, who was representing Steve Hofmeyr in a court case against Koch at the time, lost his cool with the puppet after losing a court case against Koch. This after the court was not satisfied that Hofmeyr should be afforded protection in terms of the Harassment Act against Koch.

In yet another separate incident of racism, a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) guesthouse said this week it would refuse accommodation to black people and government officials. This, its owner said, was because the separation of races “was God’s law”.

In an interview with The Star, guesthouse owner André Slate confirmed having sent the email and referred the journalist to his blog. He said that “according to God’s law we have to have some sort of segregation between the creation that lives here”. He added that the country was currently living under the laws of Satan.

This emerged after the Sodwana Bay Guest House’s response to a booking enquiry sent by rejected patron Sizakele Msimango.

Slate replied by saying “we do not accommodate blacks or government employees any longer”. He added that politicians were also not welcome.

In response, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal issued a warning to the owners of the guesthouse, saying they would act to have it shut down if necessary.

 

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