Court to hear landmark black on black k-word racism case today

Court to hear landmark black on black k-word racism case today

- Two prominent businessmen will face off in the Randburg Magistrates Court today

- The court will make what is expected to become a landmark ruling on racism between two black men

- Fani Titi brought a case of crimen injuria against Peter-Paul Ngwenya for allegedly calling him the k-word

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Two prominent black businessmen will face each other in the Randburg Magistrates Court later on Monday in what is expected to become a landmark case for black on black racisms. Fani Titi opened a case of crimen injuria against Peter-Paul Ngwenya for allegedly calling him the k-word.

The bad blood between Titi and Ngwenya started when a R54 million deal for radio stations, Gagasi, Kaya and Heart FM went sour. Titi obtained a protection order and opened a crimen injuria case against when Ngwenya allegedly called him a ‘QwaQwa k*****r’ via text message.

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Titi who was recently appointed as the new CEO of Investec reportedly refused to make the previously agreed payment to Ngwenya for the radio stations, this led to Ngwenya lashing out against his former friend and business associate. gathered that public law and political analyst Lukhona Mnguni said using the k-word evoked painful memories of the past and should not be taken based on race.

“This case will be very interesting because the court will have to make a ruling that will equalise all of us across racial divisions. The k-word invokes emotions because of what it was meant for in the past. No one should be using it,” he said.

Mnguni said the case would be interesting because both parties’ testimony could be brought into disrepute because the matter began over a disputed business deal. He added that morality could not be legislated.

“It’s not clear what they mean by certain words. At what point do you interpret certain words as an insult,” said Mnguni.

“In South Africa, we have got freedom of speech and there’s also an equality court, which deals with cases of hate speech. With the new bill, I don’t think we are working on the right thing. It will be inviting legal challenges.”

This matter follows the heavily published case of Vicki Momberg, who was sentenced to a three-year jail term for using the k-word against a police officer.

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