Top photographer sues over racial slur

2012-03-05 07:22
Johannesburg - Award-winning photographer Alf Kumalo has taken a man to court for calling him a "bloody kaffir" in a restaurant and threatening to hurt him, according to a report on Monday.

The Star newspaper said the incident happened on January 29 at the Ocean Basket in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.

"This is about history and respect. I have to go through with this," Kumalo reportedly said.

The Star newspaper quoted restaurant manager Romalin Moodley as saying the trouble started when he approached a man in the restaurant to quieten down.

He was apparently shouting profanities while watching the Australian Open.

Moodley said the man continued to be loud and aggressive.

Kumalo approached him and said: "With all this noise, how do you expect us to eat?"

The man then called Kumalo a "bloody kaffir" and threatened to hit him with a wine bottle.

Kumalo laid a charge of crimen injuria and the case was heard in the Randburg Magistrate's Court last week and postponed to March 27 for further investigation.

Kumalo is the curator of the Alf Kumalo Museum and has a photography school in Soweto.

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