South Africa: Race-related clashes make headlines

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two incidents of racism have made headlines around South Africa and demonstrated that 20 years after the end of Apartheid, race relations still remain raw.

The Equality Court in Cape Town on Friday ordered a man to pay $5,000 compensation to a house worker after he was found guilty of swearing at her and using racially abusive language.

Magistrate Jerome Koerries told Andre van Deventer that he should be aware that the use of the word “kaffir” (nigger) was humiliating and hurtful.

Nomasomi Kente had opened a crimen injuria case against her former employer and sued him for $10,000. She also claimed he physically assaulted her and spat in her face. While Van Deventer admitted to racially insulting, he denied the assault.

In the other high-profile case, Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Front has been caught in CCTV footage assaulting a white man at a fast-food restaurant in the Limpopo province.

Cassie Moller said Malema, who had a group of people with him, called him a Boer (white farmer) and became increasingly aggressive. Roets said charges of assault, intimidation and crimen injuria against the EFF leader would be opened at the Tzaneen police station.

Malema told The Star newspaper that Roets had threatened to assault one of the restaurant’s workers behind the counter. “I won’t sit back and allow the abuse of black workers,” Malema is quoted as saying. “If it means I go to prison, let me serve in prison,” he added.
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24 أكتوبر 2014 16:12:10

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