Wedding venue responds to Denise Zimba’s accusation of racism

Wedding venue responds to Denise Zimba’s accusation of racism

Denise Zimba recently took to social media to express her shock that a wedding venue has 'slave quarters'. The venue, Nooitgedacht Estate, replied and said the reference to former slave quarters is merely historical fact.

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Denise Zimba, a co-host on Wedding Bashers, recently turned to social media to share her views on the slave quarters of Nooitgedacht Estate.

She said she was shocked that a wedding venue would be alright with offering the use of 'slave quarters' in this day and age.

Denise took offence as a black woman living in Cape Town.

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TimesLIVE reports that the venue gave a long answer in response when asked to comment on the accusation:

The Nooitgedacht Estate and its custodians, the Wirth Family, would like to state (for the record) that a reference to former slave quarters that appears on a page on our website (describing wedding venue accommodation) is simply a statement of historical fact.
We apologise if the information has caused offense to an individual member of the public. This was never intended. The Nooitgedacht Estate is rich in history and dates back to the 1700’s and our guests often show great interest in and curiosity about the diverse heritage of this unique and fascinating piece of land. This is why we document the farm and estate’s past on our website.
Part of our mandate, mission and vision at Nooitgedacht estate is complete inclusivity. A reference to a darker side of this farm’s history could also be viewed as a way of recognising how far we have come and how much has changed. We cannot change history. We can only create a new future.
Throughout South Africa, and all over the world, the history of slavery is talked about and acknowledged – as it should be. We believe that addressing and acknowledging the realities of our colonial past is more honest and authentic than omitting the information.

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