Durban DJ case postponed

2011-08-03 14:05
Johannesburg - The Equality Court in Durban postponed the hearing of a R10m discrimination and defamation lawsuit brought by Ukhozi FM DJ Ngizwenkosi Mchunu, The Times reported on Wednesday.

"The court [on Tuesday] gave us until August 24 to exchange papers and affidavits," Mchunu's lawyer, Mbuyiselwa July, told the newspaper.

Mchunu is suing Durban's King Shaka International Airport, the customs division of Sars, and the Department of Agriculture, after airport security officers allegedly confiscated his traditional shield in April.

In his affidavit, Mchunu says he was dressed in full traditional Zulu attire when he boarded a plane to Dubai, and on his return, security staff wanted to spray his shield because it "carried foot-and-mouth disease”.

Royal family upset

"We demand R10m in compensation. But people must understand that money is not the issue here because one cannot put a price on the Zulu nation's dignity," July said.

In court, Mchunu was clad in traditional regalia and was accompanied by similarly attired Zulu warriors. Representatives of Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini were also present.

Royal family spokesperson Prince Mbonisi Zulu told the newspaper that King Zwelithini and the royal family were upset at the treatment allegedly meted out to Mchunu.

"What is even more humiliating is that this airport is named after King Shaka, the great-grandfather of the king. The royal family views it as very demeaning to the entire Zulu nation," he said.

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