In her judgment, handed down on November 30, Durban High Court judge Esther Steyn said Equality Court proceedings “were in accordance with justice”.
“As much as the constitution recognises the right to religious freedom, it does not grant the right to discriminate against other human beings in the name of such a belief system,” said Steyn.
“Simply put, the right to religion and freedom of association cannot be used as tools to destroy the right to equality and human dignity.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Zikalala welcomed Steyn’s ruling. “I am pleased and satisfied with the findings of the honourable court that Mr Slade’s conduct can never be tolerated in a democratic society,” he said.
Zikalala said tourists should never be racially profiled, adding that he had faith in the country’s justice system.
“We welcome the findings and we hope this will send a strong message to anyone with intentions to taint our renowned tourism industry or anyone hell-bent on polarising our society,” he said.
“This is why this court judgment is critical to us, as it sends out a strong message that KwaZulu-Natal especially – and South Africa in general – have no place for people who want to take us back to a period where certain recreational facilities and amenities were the preserve of a certain race, to the detriment of others.”