Streaming issues? Report here
Bongani Bingwa 1500 x 1500 2020 Bongani Bingwa 1500 x 1500 2020
Breakfast with Bongani Bingwa
06:00 - 09:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Clement Manyathela Show
See full line-up
Breakfast with Bongani Bingwa
06:00 - 09:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local

Apartment declined because of race: 'It is a criminal offence,' says expert

21 October 2021 5:22 PM
Tags:
Property
rental
unfair discrimination

John Perlman speaks to UCT constitutional law professor Pierre de Vos about the Cape Town real estate agent who was suspended after declining a client based on his race.

Live real Estate has suspended one of its agents, Gabriella Johnson after a potential client took to Twitter to compliant about being unfairly discriminated against.

Twitter user Pol Osei tweeted screenshots of his conversation with the agent about a 12-month lease and the agent Osei that the landlord is "race-specific".

John Perlman speaks to UCT Constitutional law professor Pierre de Vos about whether this is illegal or not.

The Rental Housing Act says if you a landowner or an estate agent rents out a property, you cannot unfairly discriminate against anybody on the basis of race or on any other grounds. If you do, it is a criminal offence.

Pierre de Vos, Constitutional law professor - UCT

There is the Equality Act which also prohibits the private parties from discriminating unfairly and that is not a criminal offence and it is easier to prove than a criminal offence but in both cases, it is clearly prohibited by the law.

Pierre de Vos, Constitutional law professor - UCT

Read the tweets below:

Listen to the full interview below:




21 October 2021 5:22 PM
Tags:
Property
rental
unfair discrimination

More from Local