SA fuming over holiday host refusing accommodation for 'Muhammeds'

SA fuming over holiday host refusing accommodation for 'Muhammeds'

- Taking to Twitter, a woman explained how her brother was denied accommodation at a holiday spot because other 'Muhammeds' trashed the place a year ago

- She shared screenshots of the conversation between her brother and the host

- According to the messages, the man was denied accommodation because he is Muslim

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An Airbnb host has been accused of discriminatory action and South Africans have called on the company to deal with the person in question.

According to a beautiful Twitter user, who has been identified as Ammarah by her handle, her brother tried to book a listing on Airbnb. However, instead of receiving help, the host refused to let him stay there because his "friends" trashed the place a year prior.

"So my brother tries to book a place through Airbnb and this is what the host has to say. I do hope that @Airbnb @AirbnbHelp will do something about it," she captioned a series of screenshots, which showed the messages between her brother, Ziyaad Esack, and the host.

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Briefly.co.za gathered Esack lives and works in Saudi Arabia and wanted to book accommodation at Amazing Views, Camps Bay Apartment.

Esack wanted to book an apartment from 1 June to 7 August this year to spend the winter vacation in Cape Town.

However, the host responded that his 'friends' booked the same place last year and wrecked. Baffled, Esack wanted to know who those supposed friends were, since he knew no one who ever stayed at the apartments.

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The host responded by saying it was weird how he wanted to spend the cold months in the Mother City and around the same time as the other "Muhammeds".

Esack told the host that he is aware of the cold weather since he is originally from South Africa. He said he wanted to be close to a beach to feel like he is on holiday, adding that he also surfs.

He then called out the host for refusing him accommodation because of his ethnicity and color. However, the host tried to explain that it was Esack's attitude that was the problem and that it proved he would not take care of the property.

But, Esack did not believe the man's "attitude" excuse.

"Please tell me how based on my 1st msg my attitude says that?" Esack fired back.

South Africans were left fuming over the host's actions and called on Airbnb to take action. Responding to Ammarah's post, Airbnb said it does not tolerate discrimination and would probe into the incident.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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