Man in court for allegedly attacking magistrate, calling him the k-word

2016-05-11 18:39
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Johannesburg – A 21-year-old man was believed to have appeared in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday after allegedly attacking a magistrate and calling him "a kaffir".

According to Interpol’s Turn Back Crime Ambassadors in South Africa - Andy Mashaile, Yusuf Abramjee and Mzwakhe Mbuli - Andries Vermaak appeared on charges of crimen injuria, malicious damage to property and intimidation.

Vermaak allegedly attacked Magistrate Mphafolane Koma’s car with a hammer while the latter was driving in Pretoria on Monday with his 12-year-old daughter.

The suspect also allegedly called the magistrate, who works at the Randfontein Magistrate's Court, a "kaffir".

The group said the magistrate’s daughter was still traumatised.

“We appeal to fellow citizens to join us at the hearing which will take place at the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court. We are sick and tired of racism and we want our courts to come down hard on culprits," the group said in a statement.

"We believe and have no doubt in our hearts that South Africa belongs to all who live in it. Racism, xenophobic tendencies and hatred is simply unacceptable and it has no place in South Africa."

The matter has been postponed to Monday, where Vermaak was expected to apply for bail. 

Police could not be reached for comment.

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