Case opened over RACIST REMARK

2018-11-14 06:00

GREYTOWN businessman Regesh Govender, who found himself the victim of racism after Johan Olivier referred to his Diwali celebration using a derogatory remark on Facebook last week, took the matter to the Greytown Court on Monday.

Olivier posted a status on Facebook on the day of Diwali criticising his neighbour for his use of fireworks.

He stated in the post that the noise made by the fireworks caused his pets distress and went a step further by labelling the festival, “C****e vaalie”.

C****e is a derogatory word which describes an unskilled native labourer in India, China, and some other Asian countries.

The term ‘vaalie’ is used to identify inland tourists.

Govender stated that his lawyers have filed a charge of crimen injuria along with other charges.

“For him to make a remark like that on social media goes to show that he does not respect our culture wherein he cannot tolerate a festival which takes place overt two days, once a year,” said Govender, who added that he is going forward with the charges not because of any personal feud but because of those who previously fought and died under the apartheid government. Govender stated that Olivier had tried to make contact with him since the incident but he said he refused to reconcile.

Speaking to the Greytown Gazette, Olivier said that he did not intend to press charges against Govender, having previously stated that he would do so because of the alleged suffering his two dogs experienced from the fireworks, and stated that Govender was acting on behalf of a personal vendetta between the two.

“I am not a racist and have apologised to the Indian community of which I have strong ties to.

“He has had a personal vendetta against me ever since I reported him to a certain authority and has waited for me to make a mistake so that he can get his revenge,” said Olivier.

He added that he is an animal activist and that he and Govender were friends for over nine years before they experienced problems.

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