Cape Town resident, Pol Osei, 26, took to social media after a local landlord allegedly declined the rental applicant a lease because of his race. According to the real estate agent on the job, the owners are “race specific”.
Screenshots of a conversation that took place between Osei and Gabriella Johnson (estate agent) have gone viral since Tuesday.
Johnson tried to defend herself by saying that it was “not illegal for landlords to choose their tenants.”
Osei then reminded the agent of South Africa’s constitution, expressing his horror towards such racism, to which she replied “cool”.
— Pol Osei (@pol_osei) October 19, 2021
Gabriella Johnson told the prospective tenant to “find another lease or apartment”. However, following major backlash on social media, has issued an apology.
She has been suspended from the real estate agency, pending investigation.