Man challenges racism fine

2010-10-22 11:18

An East London man is trying to overturn a court ruling ordering

him to pay a R50 000 fine for allegedly calling a barman a k*****, the Dispatch

Online reported today.

Cambridge Sports Club member Mervyn Beling allegedly used the

racial slur against the then barman, Richard Bongani Tshongwe, in front of

customers in January 2003.

Beling represented himself in the East London Civil Court

yesterday, where he challenged the ruling handed down by Magistrate Abel

Mdalana.

Beling offered a settlement of R25 000 after Mdalana earlier ruled

that Tshongwe should be paid R30 000 for impairment of dignity and R20 000 for

pain and suffering.

Beling told the court he never received a summons by the sheriff

and had no knowledge of Mdalana’s judgment, which was made in his absence.

He denied calling Tshongwe a k*****.

The case was postponed to October 29.

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