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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 May, 2005, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
SA resort opens doors to blacks
South African school children
South Africa's racial groups mix more now but tensions remain
The owners of a South African picnic resort have made a public apology after evicting a white family because they were accompanied by black children.

Broederstroom Picnic Resort in Gauteng also promised to change its policy and accept "people of all races".

The apology comes in an out of court settlement after Dominic Black lodged a legal complaint after being evicted.

The apartheid system of dividing South Africa's racial groups was dismantled more than a decade ago.

Legal discrimination has ended and South Africa's racial group mix more freely now but tensions remain.

Mr Black appealed to the Equality Courts, which were set up in 2003 to deal with hate speech and discrimination.

Before the case went to court, resort owners Mr and Mrs Pretorius agreed to apologise in public and pay Mr Black 10,000 rand ($1,600), which he says he will donate to the Nkosi Johnson Aids Foundation.

"A very unfortunate racial incident caused the dignity of two little children to be tarnished and Mr and Mrs Pretorius hereby accordingly extend their unconditional apologies to the individuals and their family and friends," read a statement released after the settlement.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it would monitor the Broederstroom Picnic Resort to ensure that it is opening its doors to all racial groups.


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