Insulted lawyer loses bad language case

2011-03-26 18:32

Warning. Story contains bad language.

Pretoria - An attorney who waged a four year legal battle against a man for calling him a "doos" and "poes" has had his case dismissed by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Beeld newspaper reported on Saturday that James Charles Reynecke Smith, an attorney from Hendrina, had appealed to the High Court after a magistrate in Middleburg dismissed his R100 000 defamation claim against Christiaan Jacobus Botes, 52.

Two judges said in a verdict this week that there was no question of defamation in the case.

The question however, was whether the words constituted abuse under the circumstances in which they were uttered.

According to Smith, Botes said: "I'll beat those damn little glasses into your head" and "You're a poes. Do you hear what I say. You're a doos" and "You're a poes ".

Botes acknowledged saying the words, but did not admit to making the "poes" statement.

The incident happened on 1 June 2007 as Smith prepared to move into new offices in Hendrina.

Incident was insignificant

A contractor had arrived to lay carpets. It was necessary to place the mats in the sun to enable the glue to stick better.

A part of mat was placed on the surface of the street in front of Smith's new offices.

According to Smith, several cars drove past the mat. Botes however, did not turn and drove over the carpet. Smith was upset and confronted him.

Botes claimed Smith had shouted at him.

"You road over my fucking carpet", he said.

Botes responded: "If you're so stupid to put your carpet on the road, I'll ride over it."

According to Smith, Botes then made the "poes" statement.

The judges said the incident was insignificant and did not warrant the court's attention.

  • Viparo - 2011-03-26 18:53

    Bahaha. Doos.

      Digit - 2011-03-27 21:13

      Sticks and stones ....... grow up !!!

  • exocist - 2011-03-26 19:40

    what a doos there i said it

      Melly30 - 2011-03-28 10:14

      ha hahahahah

  • tonykzn - 2011-03-26 19:42

    It's a pity the anonymous reporter doesn't know the difference between "road" and "rode".

      theoldmanofthemountains - 2011-03-26 19:51

      Standard fare (or is that fair...?) for SAPA Tony...

      Heks - 2011-03-27 20:30

      Agree (the Box)

  • ASDEB - 2011-03-26 19:42

    How does this article make the news? I get called a doos every day!

      cuzgeorge - 2011-03-26 19:48

      please, stop, i really cant stop laughing. it's great to laugh sometimes, i wish there were more articles like this . better than reading about how many children..... and who got bombed to pieces, and .. do i need to go on?. i'm going to be smiling all evening and probably all of next week thinking of this story. thank you news 24.

      SYLVERSTAR - 2011-03-26 21:02

      The doos found out that he is a doos, and wanted all the world to know how big a doos he is. This is a compliment!

      darkwing - 2011-03-27 15:50

      ASDEB, are also a lawyer?

      ASDEB - 2011-03-27 21:38

      No, I'm a doos, can't you read, doos!

  • cuzgeorge - 2011-03-26 19:45

    i can't stop laughing!!!!

  • SYLVERSTAR - 2011-03-26 19:48

    That lawyer ia not only a does, but an arrogant prick as well. He sounds like an incompetant ninkcompoop!

      abandonedbluehondanw2 - 2011-03-26 20:35

      SYLVERSTAR, you took the words out of my mouth.

      Picasso - 2011-03-28 08:17

      I think the person who must get blamed here is the guy putting in the carpets, surely he must've put something in the way of the carpet to prevent people from driving over the thing.

  • Beam me up - 2011-03-26 20:14

    Will this mean that the flood gates are open to call all Lawyers a doos? If so I have a couple on speed dial I would like to call right now.

  • genie01 - 2011-03-26 20:15

    Bwahaha! Calling some lawyers a Doos is actually a compliment! :)

  • Ysterman - 2011-03-26 20:35

    So I guess the court agrees with Botes..., about what Smith is.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-26 20:51

    You carpet over my road, so I rode over your carpet. You doos.

      Dave - 2011-03-26 20:53

      You think the carpet was scotchguarded?

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-26 21:00

      Eish, I don't think so. Maybe only Klipdrift guarded.

      Fussed - 2012-05-03 10:36

      @ Dave, read it again there was no one looking after the carpet

  • Sinudeity - 2011-03-26 20:55

    Cant believe this dude wasted the courts time with this stupid court case. What a ****ing idiot.

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-26 21:05

      How can you call the poor doos an idiot? This guy will take you to court in 4 years' time for causing his identity crisis.

      Fussed - 2012-05-03 10:40

      This should get him a lot more clients from the idiot section

  • Goddok - 2011-03-26 23:07

    Eg Suid Afrikaans : Doos !!!!

  • aquinas - 2011-03-27 04:07

    A defence of the truth and public interest might also have sufficed!

  • KOP - 2011-03-27 07:13

    The lawyer can insult witnesses and call honorable people liars in court as he wish, because he is the only one believing his criminal client. Kry vir jou jou boks.

  • Hopnop - 2011-03-27 07:15

    + 100% for the Judges!! Botes, smell the roses..........

  • dplessis - 2011-03-27 08:32

    well thanks for the good laugh anyway

  • BigMoose - 2011-03-27 11:41

    These words are used daily by half the population in Cape Town.

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-27 15:40

      The other half are not as well educated.

      Picasso - 2011-03-28 08:18

      Yes, but in Cape Town it has much more feeling by adding 'jo ma se' before the word.

  • dup007 - 2011-03-27 16:44

    just wondering what language they spoke- dutch for cat and afrikaans for box - hehehe

  • exocist - 2011-03-27 18:43

    he should feel honoured being called a doos being a lawyer, cause they are normally ranked lower than shark shit

  • k1dbl4ck - 2011-03-27 18:53

    somebody get these arseholes a boxing ring.

  • Warren - 2011-03-27 21:22

    This arrogant doos leaves his carpet in the road & then gets pissed off when people ride over it? He can be glad I was'nt there to also ride over it... then reverse over it only to ride over it again!

  • pgibbings1 - 2011-03-28 06:44

    Whats the difference between a dead dog and a dead lawyer on the road? There are brake skid marks before the dog...

  • JMan - 2011-03-28 08:19

    You 'road' over my f***g carpet".... road? seriously news24?

  • pornidentity - 2011-03-28 09:28

    Between which two toes are women most ticklish??? Between the two big ones

  • DW - 2011-03-28 11:24

    The funny thing is that in most other Western countries, swearing at someone is seen as perfectly acceptable. You would never raise your hand to them, but you can call them whatever you like and walk away. We SAFFERS tend to be very sensitive and PC

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