Jus­tice for a ‘f***ing old queen’

CityPress - - News - HENDRIK HANCKE news@city­press.co.za – Rap­port

A “mar­tial arts mas­ter” who called a gay trustee of her apart­ment block a “f***ing old queen” dur­ing a fight over birds will have to cough up R25 000.

Elvira Oelofse, of Kil­lar­ney in Johannesburg, will also have to take an anger man­age­ment course and apol­o­gise for her hate speech in writ­ing, the equal­ity court in Johannesburg ruled on Mon­day.

Timothy Tren­grove-Jones, a re­tired Univer­sity of the Wit­wa­ter­srand lec­turer, lodged a com­plaint against his neigh­bour at the equal­ity court af­ter the in­ci­dent on July 1 last year.

A fu­ri­ous Oelofse had tried to pre­vent work­ers from Go Away Bird from putting up a ny­lon screen over a ser­vice shaft en­trance next to her apart­ment. The screen was to keep birds out, but Oelofse was con­cerned that there were al­ready pi­geons trapped in­side.

At about 9.30am Tren­grove-Jones heard shout­ing in the com­plex and en­coun­tered Oelofse, who was swear­ing at the con­tracter.

Ac­cord­ing to mag­is­trate PJ Stan­ford’s judg­ment, Oelofse called the men “f***ing sh*ts” and “mis­er­able men”, and also blamed them for the war in Syria.

When she threw a lad­der be­long­ing to Go Away Bird down the cor­ri­dor, she warned them that she was a mas­ter of “East­ern mar­tial arts”.

“Do you know what I’m ca­pa­ble of? Do you know the East­ern mar­tial art Sho­tokan?” she asked.

Oelofse al­leged that Tren­grove-Jones had stabbed at her chest with two fin­gers and breathed in her face. Jones de­nied this.

At this point the con­fronta­tion es­ca­lated fur­ther. Tren­grove-Jones was protest­ing that the en­trance was com­mon prop­erty when Oelofse hit back: “The only com­mon thing around here is you. Look at you. You are disgusting. Even though you pre­tend to be de­cent. You are a f***ing old queen, you f***ing piece of shit!”

She also added that Tren­grove-Jones was see­ing a psy­chol­o­gist.

Tren­grove-Jones told City Press’ sis­ter news­pa­per Rap­port yes­ter­day: “This is a mean­ing­ful vic­tory for me, for the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity and the country.

“It shows that we don’t have to sub­ject our­selves to the be­lit­tle­ment of hate speech, but can ap­proach the equal­ity court.”

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