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

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Zanele Zama

47 days ago
Apartment declined because of race: 'It is a criminal offence,' says expert Screenshot: Pol Osei/Twitter

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

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This article first appeared on 702 : Apartment declined because of race: 'It is a criminal offence,' says expert

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