Domestic worker sues employer for R100 000 after k-word incident

2013-11-06 10:22

A domestic worker who accused her employer of racial abuse and assault has turned to the equality court for R100 000 in damages and an apology.

The application was filed yesterday by Gloria Kente’s attorney, Peter Williams, The Star reported today.

Andre van Deventer appeared briefly in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court yesterday on charges of common assault and crimen injuria. The case was postponed to December 4.

Van Deventer allegedly assaulted Kente, spat on her and called her a k*ffir.

She worked for the family for eight years and alleged Van Deventer had racially abused her for some time, escalating into assault in June.

On June 28, he allegedly shoved her around.

This was triggered by Kente asking Van Deventer to look after his baby while she took a shower.

“I don’t like k*ffirs. I don’t like you,” he allegedly shouted at her.

“You are a k*ffir and you will never change. You k*ffirs throw kaka at the airport ... You don’t pay for the mess to be cleaned, because k*ffirs don’t pay tax.”

Kente said the abuse had left her hurt and humiliated.

Williams said there was a need for an effective deterrent for racial abuse and wanted the court to set a precedent by awarding substantial damages.

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