Vicki Momberg’s two-year jail sentence for using racist language has created some heated debates in South Africa as of late. Despite the debate, majority are against her, so we thought.
The two sides of the debate are: 1- The belief that the jail sentencing is more than fit as what she did was a crime and 2- That it is an infringement of her Human Rights.
Vicki Momberg found a willing part to act in her defense.
The willing woman was also a victim of a smash and grab incident like Momberg’s and says that she feels for her as she knows what it feels like.
She appeared at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court to express her sympathy.
“I know what it’s like. I can’t even tell you the things I’ve shouted at the side of the road, in that situation. I know that anger and that fear”
“Do I think Vicki Momberg is a racist? Well, I’ve used that word before [the K word]. I have a black daughter; she doesn’t think I’m racist. I’ve got black friends. I drive into Barcelona and Hillbrow.”
“I’m not racist, I’ve got black friends”
It seems that instead of defending Momberg, the willing participant used this moment to outline her beliefs.
Despite the woman’s attempt to assist Momberg, her time was a waste as there is no justification for the hate speech crime that was committed.
The phrase “I’ve got black friends” is definitely not enough to fight Moberg’s case.
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