R10 000 fine for racist post

2019-12-11 06:00
photo: Andile sithole Johan Olivier outside the courtroom at the Greytown Magistrate’s Court.

photo: Andile sithole Johan Olivier outside the courtroom at the Greytown Magistrate’s Court.

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A MAN accused of making a racist comment on Facebook against his neighbour was fined R10 000 at the Greytown Magistrate’s Court on Friday, December 6.

Johan Olivier was found guilty of crimen injuria in November at the Greytown Magistrate’s Court and the matter was adjourned until December 6 for a final judgement.

In his submissions at court, Olivier insisted that a message he posted on his Facebook on November 7, 2018 where he labelled Diwali celebration as C***** Vaalie, was a typing error, adding that he typed the message when he was not wearing his glasses.

His neighbour, Regesh Govender, was adamant that the message was directed at him.

In his testimony before the court on October 17, Govender told the court that the message was directed at him, saying the post that Olivier posted on Facebook mentioned his name.

During the trial the accused called on two witnesses — his girlfriend, Estelle Beyleveld, and Illse Horn — to testify.

Beyleveld told the court on November 7 that her boyfriend was “enraged and didn’t know what he was getting himself into”.

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