Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
16 Mar 2022
8:00 am

Cape Town comes out tops as South Africa’s racist estate agent capital

Sipho Mabena

From being told to stop using their surnames, to being barred from upmarket suburbs, black people have it tough in the real estate sector.

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The Western Cape, and Cape Town in particular, has topped the list in terms of the number of racism complaints submitted to the Property Practitioners Regulatory Authority (PPRA). The regulatory body, formerly the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB), is next week holding public hearings, sparked by a complaint lodged in October last year by potential tenant Pol Osei, who was allegedly told by estate agent Gabriella Johnson her client was “race specific” when it came to who they would rent to. In preparation for the hearings, the board has called for submissions of racism complaints, and Mamodupi Mohlala, the...