Man charged with alleged crimen injuria

2017-05-31 06:00

THE ANC planned to stage a demonstration outside Amanzimtoti Magistrate’s Court on Friday, May 19 ahead of the appearance of a Scottburgh man, who faces crimen injuria charges over racist­ utterances he allegedly made recently.

The charges were laid by a local singer who testified she was allegedly told by the accused to remove her crowd of supporters with the accused using racist words and saying that if she did not get rid of them she and the crowd will be injured.

“The show started at 8pm. I was on time. I started singing for three minutes and then took a break. I went to my vehicle. [In the meantime] all my supporters arrived,” said the defendant.

She testified that while she was at her vehicle, she was approached by the accused telling her that her supporters were not welcome.

The first witness called to testify on behalf of the defendant confirmed that they were asked to leave the pub, but did not overhear the accused uttering the racist slurs. The accused, who was not called to testify, pleaded not guilty.

He is said to dispute having made the alleged racist utterances and further disputes that it was a private function.

The accused’s lawyer Mr S. Zungu said: “I put it to the court that after you came back inside, [my client] told you that the music was boring and that the crowd that was there did not enjoy your music, they wanted dancing music.”

The defendant responded: “That is not true. I was performing. Why did he not stop me performing [earlier]?” The case was postponed to Tuesday, May 23, but was postponed once again. At the time of going to press the Fever could not confirm the next date.

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