The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has verified that they are initiating legal action against the owner of La Gardi shop in the Equality Court due to their discriminatory remarks against the LGBTQI+ community.
The catering shop, located in Gqeberha, displayed a sign outside stating that LGBTQI+ individuals are not welcome.
The sign read, “LGBTQ not welcome at La Gardi, save our children,” and this display has caused widespread public outrage, with many calling for the shop’s closure.
Dr. Eileen Carter, the Commission’s Eastern Cape Provincial Manager, revealed that they conducted their own investigation and also received complaints from the public.
They concluded that the shop owner’s actions constitute unfair discrimination, hate speech, and harassment, which goes against the promotion of equality and the prevention of unfair discrimination act.
In response to this, the SAHRC has promptly decided to submit legal documents to the court, taking the matter to the equality court for resolution.
Dr. Carter emphasizes that the concept of “right of admission reserved” does not supersede the principles enshrined in the country’s Constitution.
She urges business owners to be mindful that their right to refuse admission must not violate the national legislation, which obliges providing services to all individuals without discrimination.