- The Randburg Magistrate’s Court has granted Vicki Momberg leave to appeal her prison sentence
- The former estate agent was sentenced to an effective 2 years in prison in November after being convicted on four charges of crimen injuria
- Momberg’s legal team will be hoping to have her prison term overturned or at the very least suspended
The Randburg Magistrate’s Court has granted Vicki Momberg leave to appeal her prison sentence. Momberg, a former Durban-based estate agent, was sentenced to three years in prison with one year suspended after being found guilty on four charges of crimen injuria in November.
Momberg made history for effectively being the first South African to be imprisoned for racism after she launched a verbal tirade at a police officer in 2016. The officer tried to assist Momberg after she was the victim of a smash-and-grab incident.
Momberg was caught on camera using the k-word more than 50 times. The video went viral and put the issue of racism firmly into the public consciousness.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Momberg’s previous application to appeal her sentence was turned down by the court. He legal councel will now seek to have the prison term imposed on her overturned or at the very least suspended.
Thesouthafrican.com reported that the prosecution in the matter confirmed that it would meet with Momberg’s legal team to discuss the details and nature of the appeal and any possible new bail conditions.
Momberg’s defence team argued during the trial that she had been in an emotionally unstable condition after the initial incident which led her to lash out at the police officer.
The defence team argued that Momberg should be sentenced to a rehabilitation programme and jail time would, not in this case, be the best way to serve justice.
Magistrate Pravina Rugoonandan did not agree with the defence’s arguments and sentenced Momberg to an effective two-years behind bars.
The prosecution at the expressed its satisfaction with the sentence and said it should serve as a warning to everyone in the country to think before they speak because in the brave new world words can and do have some serious consequences.
Earlier this year reports came in that Momberg had been anything but a model prisoner. Prison warders allegedly approached the prosecution team because Momberg continued to use her sharp tongue on them.
It was alleged that she told black prison warders that they were stupid and unintelligent. Momberg's probation officer resigned from her position during the legal proceedings because of similar sentiments.
Momberg has since being sentenced admitted that she was wrong to launch such an intense tirade against the officer but she said added that she still suffered from mental issues because of the injustice which had been inflicted on her.
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