Ag shame! Racist man unable to shoot cats in his yard
Guesthouse owner who shot an unarmed burglar wants his gun back so he can kill trespassing kitties
For racist guesthouse owner Andre Slade, the only consequence of shooting an unarmed burglar – who was running away while carrying a bag of groceries one year ago – has been the loss of his gun.
“The police still have it and I would really like it back. There are some cats that come into my property that I would like shoot,” he told Times Select.The murder of 26-year-old Siyabonga Nsele is a case gone cold. This despite Slade’s own admission that he fired the bullet which struck a running Nsele in the head, causing him to “drop like a bag of potatoes”.
“It was necessary to get rid of the problem and I don’t feel sorry for that,” he told the Sunday Times last year.
But for Nsele’s father, Sibusiso, the wheels of justice have all but stopped turning and the recent commemoration of Human Rights Day was a bitter one.
“It hardly feels like a year has passed and when I think about my son it still feels like it was just yesterday when he died. The pain is still the same,” he said.
He accused police of dragging their feet, intentionally shielding Slade by moving the docket around from one detective to another. Despite repeated efforts to find out the status, police wouldn’t divulge who was currently working on the case.The elder Nsele added that Slade’s whiteness had bought him privilege with the authorities and continually running into the man who was happy to kill his son was nauseating.
“I see him walking in the street and you can tell he has no remorse for what he did to my son. In fact he is proud of himself. His life has just continued as normal and there is nothing I can do about it,” Nsele added.
The anniversary of Nsele’s death comes on the back of a scathing Equality Court judgment handed down last month by Magistrate Thamo Moodley.
He slapped 55-year-old Slade and his Slovakian partner Katarina Krizaniova with a R50,000 fine and ordered that all publishing of their website and religious books be halted.In the judgment, Moodley said the pair’s denigrating comments about black people‚ such as saying they were regarded as animals or servants‚ only served to stir up emotions of hatred between blacks and whites.
“They are catalysts for the incitement of violence not only towards him but also towards innocent whites‚ among whom are those who fought for freedom which we so dearly enjoy today‚” it read.
His court woes were sparked by an e-mail he sent in 2016, saying black people and government officials were not allowed to stay at his Sodwana Bay guesthouse.Slade said he and Krizaniova had begun the process of appealing the judgement.
This challenge, he said, would be on the basis that the court did not have the correct authority.
Slade said that the immigration status of Krizaniova, who was arrested on charges of violating the Immigration Act, was intrinsically linked to the court case.
He said that while she was required to be a witness in his court matters she was allowed to stay in the country, and when the matter is finalised she may be forced to leave.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the probe as at a “sensitive stage” and that, while police understood the family’s frustration, they couldn’t make an arrest without concrete evidence.