Racially abused domestic worker loses job

2014-07-09 10:32

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Cape Town - A domestic worker who took her employer's boyfriend to court for allegedly assaulting and racially insulting her, says her position has been made redundant.

The Cape Times reported on Wednesday that Gloria Kente, 50, believes that this is due to her launching the court action. The mother-of-three is now looking for new employment, but fears the ongoing Equality Court case may affect her chances of finding a new job.

Kente accused Andre van Deventer of racial abuse and assault, and sought R100 000 in damages and an unconditional apology.

She claimed he assaulted her, spat on her, and also used a racial slur against her in June last year. She had worked for the Table View family for nine years.

Van Deventer appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on charges of common assault and crimen injuria.

Kente broke down and had to be consoled when she testified about her treatment.

According to the Cape Times, Keente said in court papers that the case had caused her anxiety, and feared that further delays would negatively impact on her chances of finding a job. This came after Van Deventer's attorney asked for a further postponement, wanting the criminal court matter to be dealt with first, and because an expert report was filed at late notice.

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