R100 000 hate speech fine
THE Equality Court has awarded damages of R100 000 to a Joburg policeman, Constable Clement Mkhondo, for being verbally assaulted by Vicki Momberg while he was trying to assist her after she had been targeted in a smash-and-grab robbery. In February 2016, Momberg, 48, was caught on video shouting racial abuse at police officers who had come to her assistance. The Equality Court, sitting in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, also ordered Momberg to attend a programme of integrated community service and sensitivity training administered by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) along with affiliate organisations such as the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. She will be required to visit the Apartheid Museum, attend SAHRC community advocacy programmes and attend race sensitisation workshops. She was also ordered to make a written apology to Mkhondo to be published on Twitter, Facebook and the SAHRC’s website.