While praising the efforts of the white man seen arguing with the owners of Hank’s Olde Irish Tavern in a viral video after his friend was allegedly refused entrance to the pub unless he was accompanied by a white person, the EFF has vowed not to allow the pub to reopen.
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A small group of party members marched to the venue in Bree Street yesterday, only to be met by locked doors and a statement from the owners denying any wrongdoing.
Watch: Video of EFF Spokesperson Wandile Kasibe addressing the media outside Hank’s Olde Irish Tavern
Speaking to the media outside Hank’s, EFF provincial spokesperson Wandile Kasibe said that the party would not be allowing the pub to reopen following the incident, which has resulted in cases of assault and calls for the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate the matter.
The spokesman praised Christopher Logan, who was seen confronting the owner of Hank’s after his friend, Thabiso Danka, was turned away, and added that it was up to white people to follow his example in addressing racism head-on.
“Steve Biko said that white people must ‘conscientise’ their own,” Kasibe told the media. “This young man did exactly that. He confronted his own- another white person.”
“This is the character and the position that South African white people should have.”
He added that a case of racial discrimination had been laid with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and other relevant institutions. “We are also calling for their trading license to be taken away from them,” he said.
In the statement, stuck on the door of the closed tavern, Hank’s refuted claims that the establishment promoted discrimination following racism allegations, adding that they had hired prominent legal representative, William Booth, to represent and advise them on the matter.
“The owners of Hanks Olde Irish wish to once more state categorically that in the past 30 years of operating businesses in Cape Town, as well as, a registered NPO, we as the owners, have never – nor have we have ever instructed our staff to discriminate on any basis whatsoever, whether that be gender, sexual orientation or race,” read the statement.
“We also want to place on record that we are extremely concerned for the well-being and safety of our staff involved, therefore we will not be commenting any further while we continue to conduct the required internal disciplinary process with regard to these serious allegations, and while the police conduct their criminal investigation into the case of assault opened against the individual making accusations in the video, on the owners of Hanks.”
Pictures and Video: Habari Media/ Monique de Beer