Historic precedent set on racist language in Momberg sentencing

Former real estate agent Vicki Momberg has been sentenced in the Randburg Magistrates Court to three years in prison, with one year suspended.

Momberg was found guilty on four counts of crimen injuria after she was caught on camera in 2016 ranting racist remarks to a black police officer who was trying to assist her.

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EWN reporter Hitekani Magwedze says the magistrate considered Momberg's personal status and personality traits, which was described by a medical doctor before sentencing.

Also read: Vicki Momberg handed three years in jail for racist rant, one year suspended

She is characterised by her medical doctor as an over anxious, over worrying, self-doubting, mistrustful, oversensitive person with poor self-confidence.

Hitekani Magwedze, EWN reporter

Magwedze says Momberg cried when the sentence was handed over by Magistrate Pravina Rugoonandan. He adds that that jail time for Momberg had not been predicted.

Her lawyer initially argued for a lesser sentence and for her to go for sensitivity training.

Hitekani Magwedze, EWN reporter

Rugoonandan explained that Momberg had been denied bail as there is no provision in the law to provide bail in such a case.

Her legal team is going to apply for leave to appeal next week but the State believes there is no way she will be granted leave to appeal.

Hitekani Magwedze, EWN reporter

The spokesperson for the South African Human Rights Commission Gail Smith says a significant precedent was set by the courts today in confirming constitutional protection of human dignity.

She says people will start getting the message that the use of 'K-word' or 'monkey' is not meaningless in the context of South Africa and that they are an affront to the human beings at which they are directed.

I think the court has been unequivocal in supporting the foundation of the value of our constitutional democracy which is enshrined in the Constitution.

Gail Smith, Human Rights Head of Advocacy and Communications

Human dignity is not a vague nebulous concept in the context of South Africa, it is a real issue which is protected by the Constitution. It is a human right.

Gail Smith, Human Rights Head of Advocacy and Communications

To hear the interviews on Momberg's sentencing, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Historic precedent set on racist language in Momberg sentencing


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