White South African woman is put in jail for being a racist

Federico Mansilla
Marcha 30, 2018

Momberg reportedly cried as her sentence was read out in court.

Vicki Momberg was sentenced to up to three years in prison for an incident that took place in Johannesburg in February 2016, when she was filmed making derogatory comments toward the black police officers who had responded to her call of a reported robbery.

"There is little doubt that Momberg is a racist individual to her core, as even the social worker that handled her case testified that Momberg racially abused her".

Magistrate Pravina Raghoonandan handed down the landmark ruling, saying the decision was meant to send a signal that racism won't be tolerated in South Africa, according to the BBC.

"This is a landmark ruling..."

Human Rights lawyer Tracy Lawman says Momberg's sentence also sends a strong message to black people that their feelings are being recognised.

Momberg is now a convicted racist.

In her verbal attack on the officer, Momberg used an apartheid-era derogatory word used to refer to black people, one of the most offensive racial terms in South Africa.

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South Africa has seen a spate of racist incidents in recent years.

It has led to calls for special legislation to deal with such cases, and for harsh sentences for racists. She was convicted on four counts of crimen injuria, or the willful injuring of someone's dignity, reports CNN.

"This is a landmark ruling".

- Follow Help Empire (@EmpireGain) March 28, 2018 It's about time we as South Africans take racism seriously and punish those that are guilty. "It sets a precedent for other racial-related cases". "This is the first for a prison sentence for crimen injuria on its own", said National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman Phindi Mjonondwane. While attempting to speak with Momberg, she yelled, "I don't care".

When she was charged with a similar crime in 2006, she allegedly said at a police station that she only wanted to be assisted by white, colored, or Indian people, but not by black people, according to state prosecutor Baba Yusuf during last year's trial.

In an interview with Political Analysis South Africa, Michael Morris from the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) said that the sentence will signal to other people who may want hurl racial slurs to think twice before they do it.

In October, two white farmers who forced a black man into a coffin, beat him up and threatened to burn him alive were sentenced to jail for more than 10 years each, after a video of the incident went viral.

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