Racist Vicki’s tirade goes on

Saturday Star - - FRONT PAGE - SHAIN GERMANER

ONE would think that af­ter more than a year of crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings, Vicki Momberg would have learnt to be­have in court.

Yes­ter­day, the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court found Momberg guilty of four counts of crimen in­juria for us­ing the k-word 48 times against four po­lice of­fi­cers who were try­ing to help her af­ter a smash-and-grab in­ci­dent.

But the chastis­ing judg­ment from mag­is­trate Prav­ina Ru­goo­nan­dan didn’t seem to curb Momberg’s court­room con­duct. Not only did she spend a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time threat­en­ing an eNCA jour­nal­ist with le­gal ac­tion, she had to be coaxed into the court­room by her lawyer on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions – and be­fore her case could be post­poned, she van­ished from the court­room, hold­ing back pro­ceed­ings for at least 15 min­utes.

Her con­duct was un­likely to en­dear her to ei­ther the mag­is­trate or the pros­e­cu­tor Yusuf Baba, who ap­par­ently was push­ing for po­ten­tial prison time for the racist real es­tate agent – which would be the harsh­est sen­tence im­posed on some­one found guilty of crimen in­juria.

It hasn’t al­ways been out­side court that Momberg has been seen act­ing out. She spent two days of pro­ceed­ings ear­lier this year claim­ing that her lawyer Joe Davi­d­owitz had failed her, had not ar­gued cor­rectly and that his col­league had been drunk dur­ing a telephone con­sul­ta­tion with her.

Her tirade against Davi­d­owitz con­tin­ued un­til Ru­goo­nan­dan in­ter­vened.

On another oc­ca­sion, Momberg also had to be told to stop in­ter­rupt­ing the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer, who said Momberg needed to re-ex­am­ine her be­hav­iour while in the dock.

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