- Businessman Paul Ngwenya has been convicted of crimen injuria
- The charges stem from his use of the k-word against a business associate
- Ngwenya's lawyers say he will be appealing the ruling
On Thursday, the Randburg Magistrate's Court found businessman Paul Ngwenya guilty of crimen injuria over his use of the k-word against one of his associates, Fana Titi.
Ngwenya reportedly called Titi a "QwaQwa k****r" and a "bantustan boss".
Ngwenya made the comments when the two men got into an argument. Titi allegedly owed Ngwenya R52 million.
According to the Daily Dispatch, Ngwenya tried to defend himself by claiming the use of the k-word was part of the culture of black people. Magistrate Pravina Raghoonandan rejected this argument, however.
"It cannot be accepted that it is part of the culture, irrespective of race," Raghoonandan said, while handing down the ruling, News24 has reported.
Additionally, the prosecutor in the case, Yusuf Baba, had made the case that Ngwenya's comments impaired Titi's dignity. Titi himself told the court that the remark made him feel dehumanised.
While Ngwenya was found guilty of crimen injuria, he was acquitted on charges of harassment and violating a protection order obtained by Titi.
Ngwenya's lawyers have since said that they will be appealing the ruling. They argue that the conviction was incorrect as it "used the principles of hate speech", according to The Citizen.
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