‘She must disclose her racism’

2012-03-10 16:19

A lawyer who was called the “k” word by a fellow gym patron this week doesn’t want a personal apology.

Instead, he wants the woman he alleges called him the name to go from school to school, telling children about what she did and why racism is bad.

Jabulani Cebekhulu (34) has laid a crimen injuria case against Ashika Ramdeen (39), whom he alleges called him a k*****r three times on Wednesday.

The pair were arguing over a super circuit machine at their local gym in Richard’s Bay.

Ramdeen made a brief appearance in the town’s magistrate’s court on Thursday, following a night spent ín the cells of the local police station. She was arrested outside the town’s Virgin Active gym, where the whole drama is alleged to have unfolded.

Cebekhulu claims to have confronted Ramdeen because, he claims, she barged in front of him at the circuit machine. After allegedly telling him that she had the right to use whatever machine she liked whenever she wanted to, Cebekhulu claims Ramdeen then told him: “k*****rs will always be k*****rs”, later adding “You stupid k****r”.

Cebekhulu told City Press he had never in his life been called that – “at least not to my face”.

“I have been extremely humiliated by this experience. As people we have our own prejudices but ordinarily I would not have expected to be called that by someone who knows the type of history we’ve had, and from a race group we were together with in the struggle against apartheid. It’s disappointing,” he added.

Ramdeen’s husband has said in media reports this week that his wife is deeply apologetic. He claimed she was suffering from post-traumatic stress, diabetes, a heart condition and was on anti-depressant drugs.

But Cebekhulu said he would not withdraw charges.

“An apology means nothing. If she is genuine, she will go to schools and teach young kids, in her own neighbourhood, about racism. Just like people disclose their HIV status. She needs to disclose that she once abused someone racially and not be general about it.”

The case has been postponed to March 14.

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