Now racist Slade refuses to pay rent to King Zwelethini
Guesthouse owner faces eviction because he doesn’t recognise the monarch’s authority over ‘God's land’
Racist guesthouse owner Andre Slade and his Slovak lover Katarina Krizaniova, apparently in debt and facing eviction from their northern KwaZulu-Natal property, have a new target: Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Earlier this month Slade was served with a letter of demand by the Ingonyama Trust Board demanding the immediate payment of R62,584 for rental arrears for the land on which he lives.
In a posting on his website, Slade said the board had picked a “royal fight”, refusing to pay the rental fees because he and Krizaniova didn’t recognise Zwelithini’s authority as king.
“In the name of Yahweh, almighty God, we refuse to recognise and respect the so-called Zulu king. King is God’s title, yet the first commandment of God says ‘thou shall have no other gods before me’,” he wrote.The Ingonyama Trust is a corporate entity established to administer land traditionally owned by black South Africans, represented by the monarch, for the benefit, material welfare and social well-being of the Zulu nation.
Slade, insisting that the land belonged to God, quoted scripture annotating that the land shall never be sold.“We are doing this post to inform our followers that we have hit the bottom of the proverbial barrel. With only few notes left we are unable to bear the expenses any longer,” he wrote.
Ingonyama Trust chair Jerome Ngwenya said Slade had been granted a 40-year lease by the board in the name of a business which no longer exists.
“He is in arrears with his rental for over two years. As a result the Ingonyama Trust has instructed its attorneys to take legal action against Mr Slade. We are advised a letter of demand has already been sent. This will be followed by a summons seeking to recover outstanding rental and eviction of Mr Slade,” he added.
Ngwenya held that Slade’s post regarding his imminent eviction had been tinged with “racist innuendo and unwarranted provocation”.
“When the local Inkosi and his council and ultimately the board allotted him land, it did so in good faith as a citizen of the country regardless of his racial, tribal and religious background.“He had the opportunity to object to any clause in the lease agreement he found incompatible. He did not do so. His conduct and attitude as now demonstrated are despicable and warrant condemnation,” Ngwenya added.
He said that the attitude adopted by Slade and his utterances, a blatant disrespect of the Zulu King, is cause for conflict and disharmony.
In February, Equality Court magistrate Thamo Moodley handed down a scathing judgment, finding Slade to have been guilty of hate speech.
He slapped the 55-year-old with a R50,000 fine and ordered that all publishing of the couple’s 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.
Slade’s 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 judgment. This challenge, he said, would be on the basis that the court did not have the correct authority.
Slade said 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, but when the matter is finalised she may be forced to leave.
In 2017 he and Krizaniova attempted to have the Catholic Church expelled from South Africa because of “blasphemy, crimes against humanity, murder, perjury and prejudice”.
He also has a murder investigation hanging over his head, for the 2017 slaying of Siyabonga Nsele, a burglar the erstwhile guesthouse owner allegedly shot on his property.
Repeated attempts to contact Slade were unsuccessful at the time of publishing.