SAHRC welcomes Vicki Momberg judgement

SAHRC welcomes Vicki Momberg judgement

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says the guilty verdict handed down in the Vicky Momberg case shows there is no place for racism in South Africa. 

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The estate agent was found guilty on four counts of crimen injuria for hurling racist slurs at a police officer in January 2016. 

"I find that the accused may have been a victim of a smash-and-grab on the night in question and was traumatised by that incident. She did lose her temper and she was angry, but I also find that she did not lose control.

"The choice of words used by the accused during her outburst were racial and directed specifically to black people. And it proves intend and dolus directus," Magistrate Privina Raghoonandan said when handing down judgement.

The SAHRC's spokesperson Gushwell Brooks says this shows there are serious legal consequences for racist behaviour. 

"The judgement definitely shows that there is no space for the use of the type of racist language that she used within the South African Society. In June, the Equality Court ordered her to pay compensation and perform acts of community service for the language she used, which was deemed to be racist and an infringement to his rights to dignity."

He says this judgement reaffirms the decision reached by the Equality Court.

Momberg is set to be sentenced on December 30. 

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