South African resort forced to change racist policies

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Human Rights Commission has given a ruling that vindicated two black children who were victims of an ugly racial incident that made headlines around the country.
Analysts regard the Commission's ruling earlier this week as an important landmark in the furtherance of substantive equality and stopping unfair discrimination by bringing an action in the Equality Court against racist practices at a holiday resort in the North West Province.
Earlier this year, the owners of the Broederstroom Vakansie-Oord evicted a white family because two black children accompanied them.
In response to this treatment, Dominique Black lodged a complaint with the Commission and the Commission initiated proceedings in the Equality Court held at Brits Magistrate's Court in terms of South Africa's Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.
The parties agreed to settle this matter in a manner that was acceptable to Black and the Commission.
This week the Equality Court made the settlement agreement an order of the court.
According to the agreement, the parties have agreed that the resort will make a public apology for the racially discriminatory conduct and make payment of 10,000 Rand to Black, who will in turn donate it to the charity of his choice, the Nkosi Johnson AIDS Foundation.
Furthermore, the resort will change its admission policy immediately to ensure that people of all races will be allowed access.
The Commission will monitor the implementation of the non- discriminatory admission policy.
In their public letter of apology, the resort owners said: "A very unfortunate racial incident caused the dignity of two little children to be tarnished and we hereby accordingly extend their unconditional apologies to the individuals and their family and friends.
" The policy of racial segregation, which had been in place since the introduction of apartheid, was officially dismantled in 1990, four years before South Africa held its first non-racial election.

11 may 2005 08:00:00

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