Investigations are to be conducted into an East London resort where a black child was allegedly turned away.
The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) are to look into the matter, and will include another resort in the area where discrimination has been alleged.
The Cape Times reported on Friday that Jaunelle Landman, who lives in Cape Town, her mother, her son and her son’s black friend were to holiday at Lepel Leé. Landman had been told, though, that she could not bring along her son’s friend because he was black.
The chief executive of Eastern Cape Parks, Sybert Liebenberg, said, however, they would investigate and take the appropriate action. He said they first needed to establish if it was a registered tourism facility. He could not as yet provide details of the other resort.
An SIU official, who declined to be named, confirmed that they, too, were investigating both resorts.
He said because the investigation was under way, he could not provide further details other than to say that they planned to “deal with racist entities”.
The DA in East London is also looking into the matter.
An East London newspaper reported at the weekend that one of the owners, Dus van Heerden, “vehemently denied that blacks were barred from using his land”.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk