Man in court for insulting, assaulting domestic

2014-06-25 07:17

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Johannesburg - The trial of a man, who allegedly assaulted and racially insulted his girlfriend's domestic worker, will resume in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Andre van Deventer faces charges of common assault and crimen injuria.

During his last appearance, the court heard that the domestic worker, Gloria Kente, 50, had poor health after he allegedly assaulted and swore at her.

His lawyer, Henry van der Westhuizen, said Kente had health issues because she was overweight and unhealthy.

Weight problems

The lawyer said Kente's employer, Mariechin Pienaar, would testify that the whole family had started eating healthier meals to help her health.

However, Kente said her doctor had never told her she was overweight and that she had never eaten healthy foods at her employer's house.

She also told the court that when she asked Van Deventer to look after Pienaar's child while she took a shower, she said she heard him shouting that they were "paying this kaffir R2400 to look after the child".

"Andre came to me whilst I was standing in my room door. He grabbed my pyjamas in front of my chest and said he hated a kaffir. Then he said 'I hate you as well, Gloria'. Then he spitted [sic] in my face," she said.

She also told the court that Van Deventer further mentioned that "these kaffirs stole their land and he wishes that [former president Nelson] Mandela died in hospital".

‘Unconditional apology’ wanted

However, Van der Westhuizen said Pienaar had heard Kente and her boyfriend shouting at each other and she broke up the fight.

Kente denied this and said Pienaar had stayed in her bedroom instead of intervening.

Kente has also applied to the Equality Court in Cape Town for R100 000 in damages and an unconditional apology from Van Deventer.

The equality case was expected to be heard next month.

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