Man Claims Nightclub Refused Him Entry Because He's African
A Zimbabwe-born man claims bouncers at a nightclub implied his friends would cause trouble, before being blocked from entering the venue.
Luckson Guvamatanga said he and a group of friends were lining up for Signature Lounge nightclub on Hindley Street, in Adelaide's CBD on Saturday night when they were barred from entering.
"I overheard a male voice say, 'people like you tend to cause trouble'," Guvamatanga told 10 News First on Monday.
"After a couple of minutes just standing there, no explanation and being blocked, the bouncer came back and said 'look I'm sorry but you're gonna have to move on, you won't be coming in tonight."
The man, who only recently moved to Australia after living in England for 19 years, said he wasn't drunk and that his group wasn't being rowdy, unlike others in the queue who were allowed in.
He posted about his experience on Facebook, and was shocked by the influx of responses.
"Been in Australia 2 months and was racially profiled and turned away from @The Signature Lounge in Hindley Street. Was with 2 of my mates also black, weren't drunk or rowdy, just standing in the queue like anybody else only to get to the door to be told that management had told the door staff not to let us in," he claimed in his social media post on Sunday.
"They had seen us on cctv. Only us (the black guys) everyone else was allowed in. Feel disgusted to be honest."
10 News First attempted to contact the venue for comment. The club did issue an apology to Guvamatanga online, writing:
"Mutual respect is what we promote... we are the most multicultural nightclub on Hindley Street, which we are very proud to be."
Some social media replied to Guvamatanga's initial complaint with messages of support.
"I'm so sorry you had that experience, not everyone in Australia is racist!" wrote one woman.
"Give them a bad review or complain to someone higher up. I’m so sorry you had to experience this. Australia has a lot to work on," commented a second person.
But others were quick to defend the club.
"I go here every weekend and the crowd is mixed race. There’s large amounts of every different culture!" wrote one person.
South Australia's Equal Opportunity Commissioner Dr Niki Vincent said if the business did refuse the group's entry because of their African heritage, it could be taken to court.
"Refusing service on the basis of race or any other characteristic such as gender, disability or age is unlawful in South Australia," Vincent told 10 News First on Monday.
Guvamatanga says he isn't sure if he'll be giving Signature Lounge a second chance, but he hasn't let the experience taint his first few months of life in Australia.
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