Cape Town woman held for road rage, race attack

2015-01-16 11:34

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Cape Town - A former junior school tennis coach has appeared in court following an incident in which she allegedly used the K-word and shocked a woman with a Taser device during an altercation over a parking space.

The Cape Times reported on Friday that Talana-Jo Huysamer, 23, appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Thursday after being charged with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and crimen injuria.

According to the report, Chantlé Hoffmann, 42, was looking for a parking space in Harfield Village, Cape Town, on 3 January. Huysamer then drove into the road and stopped opposite the parking bay Hoffmann was about to use. An altercation ensued, in which Huysamer allegedly verbally assaulted Hoffmann and tried to Taser her in the face.

Huysamer allegedly swore and used the K-word at least five times, telling Hoffmann to go back to where she belongs, a prosecutor told the newspaper.

Huysamer was arrested at her home on Wednesday. She was granted bail of R5 000 and the case was postponed to 13 February.

Other race-related cases

The Cape Times reported that the State will start opposing bail in race-related cases. This is 15th such incident in less than a year to be heard in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court.

In October, a swimming coach appeared in court for allegedly assaulting a woman in Kenilworth, claiming he thought she was a prostitute.

Also in October, a 52-year-old cleaner was attacked and racially assaulted by a group of students outside Stadium on Main in Claremont.

In November, a Cape Town dentist was charged with attempted murder for allegedly beating a gardener with a sjambok.

In late November, a Cape Town man was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend's domestic worker and spitting in her face.

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