BUSINESS: Media Statement from Norbert Sasse, CEO Of Growthpoint Properties
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We are aware of the concerns being raised in the media and on social media about Pastor Steven L Anderson’s visit to South Africa, and in particular to Festival Mall.
Firstly, I want to assure you that Growthpoint does not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We definitely do not support any form of hate speech, and we believe every individual has the right to live the way they choose, according to our Constitution. Growthpoint has staff members, suppliers, clients as well as family and friends that are members of the LGBTQI community, and we absolutely respect their choices and value their contribution to our business.
With this in mind, we have been extremely concerned by the claims made that Festival Mall will welcome Pastor L Anderson. To date, we have received no application from him, his organisation, or his followers to host a gathering on our property. If such a request is received, we assure you that permission will NOT be granted.
Inferences have been made that Festival Mall supports his cause, and that the mall has agreed to the property being a meeting place for him and his followers. We categorically deny this. We do however, wish to emphasise that malls are public places, and that legally we are not in a position to deny him access as a private individual if he wishes to transact on the premises.
We wish to reiterate that we do not support Pastor L Anderson’s messages of hate in any way. We do not allow any political or religious movements to canvas or preach on Growthpoint property, and if any attempt is made by Pastor L Anderson to do so, he will be summarily removed
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