Minister sits in on Cape Town race case

2014-12-12 20:59

Cape Town - Rural Development Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha sat in on Friday on the court case of a man who called a domestic worker a "kaffir".

Sitting in the back of a packed courtroom in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court, he seemed pleased with the arguments raised for sentencing 36-year-old Andre van Deventer.

Van Deventer was convicted last month of assault and crimen injuria, after an argument with 50-year-old Gloria Kente last year.

"This case is in court today because of me. I actually heard about it and I went looking for her in the informal settlements... I took her to a lawyer," Skwatsha told Sapa outside the courtroom.

Prosecutor Andy Hess suggested to magistrate Alta le Roux that community service be imposed, with a possible placement in the ANC Women's League.

Hess said this would be a way for Van Deventer to learn to get along with women and black people.

While the court was sitting, Skwatsha made loud remarks about how this would do Van Deventer well, attracting stares from a policewoman nearby.

Skwatsha, who is an ANC MP, said outside court that sentences were not about punishment, but about reforming a person.

"Having followed this case from the beginning, I have realised that this gentleman is actually living in the old South Africa," he said.

He was asked how Van Deventer would benefit from community service.

"[He will find out] that black people are human beings like him, you know. That there is a lot of good in black people like there is a lot of good in white people."

Van Deventer was found guilty of assaulting Kente and of spitting in her face at the Table View home he shared with his then girlfriend Mariechin Pienaar last year.

Kente previously told the court he grabbed her pyjamas, verbally assaulted her and spat in her face.

He admitted to the crimen injuria charge, but denied assaulting her.

He said on Friday that he had a problem with aggression, particularly towards women, but did not think he was a racist.

Testifying in mitigation of sentence, Van Deventer said he had written a letter of apology to Kente and had apologised on national television.

His work as a salesman had suffered because of his numerous court appearances and the way he was portrayed in the media.

"I have been attacked from all sides because of this case and it has had a huge impact on my life."

Hess said an appropriate sentence would be house arrest, community service and a prohibition on using alcohol or any drugs.

Correctional supervision

The recommended sentence was in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Act, which offered correctional supervision after a correctional officer had placed a report before the court.

The supervision could not exceed three years.

She also offered an alternative option of periodical imprisonment, which would see him working in the week and spending the weekend at Pollsmoor Prison.

The case was postponed until 28 January to allow for the completion of the report and possible sentencing.

Le Roux mentioned the possibility of community service performed at a shelter for abused women.

Outside the courtroom, Van Deventer told Kente that he planned to apologise to her in person at his next appearance.

Kente said that was acceptable.


  • stompie.ferreira - 2014-12-12 21:12

    And this is how a Minister spend our tax money which could have been done by a junior clerk or was he trying to influence the Judge No wonder his Dept reaches none of its goals

      Doug Isherwood - 2014-12-12 21:44

      What Goals...

      heathwaymasters - 2014-12-12 22:41

      An interesting thought. Say you cornered your pet Alsatian, and repeatedly shouted the K word at him, in front of your domestic or gardener. Would you still be considered a vicious racist who should be punished to the maximum extent of the law?

      Dawie van der Westhuizen - 2014-12-13 07:28

      Leonard, I wanted to give you a hundred thumbs up.

      Du Toit Grobler - 2014-12-13 10:01

      Niks beter om te doen nie - foeitog?

      Antinewstf Person - 2014-12-13 13:49

      Lets see if this FF sits in on the next white farm murder case. Beside Mcebisi Skwatsha if the hat fits then wear it.. you know what I mean

      Antinewstf Person - 2014-12-13 13:56

      Leonardb1 you must realise zuma is the new News24 boss. They are terribly scared of him. They have to get permission from zuma it seems to publish anything. The only time News24 can go full out on something is when there is a little K word used to address a certain backward destructive species on the planet. I also think zuma approves most, if not all stories on News24. The credibility of News24 is going/has gone down the drain. An anc puppet in the making. Zama says to them jump and they scream how high

  • Ali Maree - 2014-12-12 21:14

    Wow , all the problems in south africa this is the most important. Forget crime,corruption,load shedding, education... A white man used the 'K' word.

      heathwaymasters - 2014-12-12 23:26

      Joseph, your point taken. Mass murder and serial killers raping and beheading their victims in cane fields and dense forests, as well as obsessive paedophilia, are all absolutely minor offence, against the evil and humungous crime of using the K word.

      Kal Reegar - 2014-12-13 03:14

      So Reuben - a society that is measured on a racial scorecard to determine your value to business (lowest being white male, highest being black female youth) is not racial derogation? Sorry, but whilst the ANC promotes racial agendas - we will always have racial derogation!

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-12-13 17:16

      All this really proves is the majority are still paranoid about a tiny minority in this country !

  • Tina Butler - 2014-12-12 21:15

    Don't you PC nuts ever stop? I've been called worst things in my life and I'm still alive and kicking. Why do you find it necessary to try and destroy one life in favor of another? He apologized in public and in court. I do not condone what he did, but what do you want from him? His life?

  • Scotty English - 2014-12-12 21:22

    who cares It is what it is. Im this and you are that. Get over it

  • Mark Smith - 2014-12-12 21:31

    Will Jacob and Cyril also attend on the 28 th January.

  • No.You're a handbag - 2014-12-12 21:32

    Okay, I understand that the K word is unsavory. However, why is THIS case such a media circus, but brutal farm murders hardly get a mention?! Is a case of hurt feelings more important in race relations terms than the slaughter of a minority because of their skin color? After all, sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never harm you... machetes though. They'll frigging kill you!

      Raymond Van Den Brink - 2014-12-13 01:22

      And calling whites "BOERE" in a derogatory tone is not unsavoury???

  • Jean-Pierre Paquet - 2014-12-12 21:33

    Look at someone the K word and ANC mp's everywhere to be seen....ask them to do their job and nowhere to be seen...DO YOUR JOB YOU BLOODY AGENT!!!!!

  • Paul Nell - 2014-12-12 21:36

    Wonder how many court appearances the learned Minister has attended where a farmer and/or a family member was murdered/raped, etc. I see a domestic has been implicated in the murder of her employer in Midrand - 10/1 the Minister will not be at that court session next week!

  • Gawie Pompies - 2014-12-12 21:40

    Ekskom where are you.

  • Charl De Swardt - 2014-12-12 21:44

    My question is if our useless government make racist remarks towards whites then it is acceptable. The strange thing that according to blacks only whites are racists but they are all little angles.

  • Nico Louw - 2014-12-12 21:45

    Jack.....there are also thousands of Zumas that never gets their day in court ! So shut up there is two sides to a coin

  • dieter.moller - 2014-12-12 21:53

    If only we could get Government to invest so much time in running the country! Look I agree that this was wrong, but discrimination is alive and well in SA. Based on race, sex, religion and all others. Look around and take note...... The hatred is growing in all directions. Its really sad that the stuff that the older generation fought for was forgotten so fast. Mmmmmm...... Just saying.

  • mark.vanheusden - 2014-12-12 21:54

    When the govt's pet said Kill the Boer ! Was this acceptable? Was he sentenced...if you have any grey matter, you will know there is a very serious problem in this country. You can threaten to KILL and no problem but when you slander its a problem! I hear the name of Jesus being blasphemed every day but thats okay... Shows the mentality. So i must not disrepect by slandering but you can disrespect the God whom i love and serve!

  • mark.vanheusden - 2014-12-12 21:54

    When the govt's pet said Kill the Boer ! Was this acceptable? Was he sentenced...if you have any grey matter, you will know there is a very serious problem in this country. You can threaten to KILL and no problem but when you slander its a problem! I hear the name of Jesus being blasphemed every day but thats okay... Shows the mentality. So i must not disrepect by slandering but you can disrespect the God whom i love and serve!

      Raymond Van Den Brink - 2014-12-13 01:31

      What mentality?? Everything up there is in a vacuum, i.e vacuum packed.

  • Rob Barnes - 2014-12-12 22:01

    We live in a racially divided country and this is totally unlikely to change while there is mistrust and a lack of "togetherness" in the way we look at things. Too much blame and disrespect is still present in the mix. The Employment Equity Act and its child BEE hardly help to kindle a spirit of togetherness and unity. The "rainbow nation" has lost its impetus with Madiba gone. I am personally very disappointed that we, as a nation, failed to put the past behind us and work together as a unified people. Perhaps I am being idealistic.

      No.You're a handbag - 2014-12-12 22:10

      Thanks ANC. They've spent the past twenty years fanning the fires of racial mistrust and division, in order to ensure that their inept, corrupt, fat a$$es stay in parliament. If you look into ALL of the research into countries like ours, where a fractured past needs to be fixed in order to move on, the single MOST important thing is to foster a national identity. The exact opposite of what our idjit government have done. But hey. At least they're still in a position to steal. Who cares if they have irreparably damaged South Africa by using this to buy votes? Seriously, I don't usually bother to hate, but I will dance on the graves of these scum bags one day.

      Raymond Van Den Brink - 2014-12-13 01:34

      Living in a dream world.

  • Nico Louw - 2014-12-12 22:12

    I am afraid Jack you makes as much sense as the old skelm himself when speaking.

  • erika.howden.5 - 2014-12-13 00:57

    Jack instead we will pray for you and your unwise hart.. Forgive Jack for he know not what his doing, to publicly compare Jesus with such a wicked man! To know love and fear God is much wiser to please man! Seek wisdom more than you seek hate !

  • Ernst Erich Hamann - 2014-12-13 06:43

    And yet no where do we read about the black "clerk" that slapped the white woman at home affairs. He slapped her so hard that she needed medical treatment and then he and a police officer had the gall to try and convince her not to lay a charge against him. WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT CASE???????

  • Kobus Hugo - 2014-12-13 07:38

    Comments closed,with no comments.Just showing that News24 is for Zuma and ANC

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2014-12-13 07:56

    Haha ja zuma says blackouts are apartheids weak he and his anc are. Cowards

  • Tlotlo Phele - 2014-12-13 08:21

    Please remember the case of the petrol attendant who was attacked by white brainless racists in emalahleni, this nonsense should not be entertained.

      Ernst Erich Hamann - 2014-12-13 08:35

      @Tlotlo.....I agree, but remember the door swing both ways.

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-12-13 17:31

      Phele, your people have overwhelmingly initiated this, So sooner or later there will be retaliation. Right or wrong it will happen and your people will be to blame not Apartheid !

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2014-12-13 08:26

    Just love the fresh "blame it on apartheid " propaganda by dearest zuma with my morning coffee. And news24. Get some ball guys. Why close the comment section?

  • Philippus P Jooste - 2014-12-13 10:06

    Blame it on this incompetent government with the head of government

  • Philippus P Jooste - 2014-12-13 10:06

    Give it a black out

  • Philippus P Jooste - 2014-12-13 10:09

    Mandela came out of jail and went for prime minister Zuma is minister and going to jail

  • Philippus P Jooste - 2014-12-13 12:53

    Ali Maree talking about your self

  • Michelle Van Zuydam - 2014-12-13 13:20

    Seeing as news24 closed the comments on the article wherein Zuma says Eskom's problems can be blamed on apartheid, I'll comment here. Here are some Eskom facts: In 1991 Eskom produced 42.0 GW compared to 2013 with only 38.0 GW. In 1991 Eskom had 27,500 employees and in 2013 they had 46,900! So tell me how is that apartheids fault? With a 170% bigger workforce, less output and 20 years!!!

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-12-13 17:34

      Kind of puts it into the correct perspective. And I would love to see the "qualifications" of all their extra employees !

  • Tracy Moller - 2014-12-14 10:57

    They're so focused on this man's language and reforming that, that they're not even seeing the underlying part that he's a woman abuser. Both mental and physical it seems by his actions. Community service in a battered women's shelter and psychological counselling should be part of the sentence.

  • Aubrey Christie - 2014-12-14 17:50

    Has he sat in on any farm murders. Never, these people are such hippocrites

  • Aubrey Christie - 2014-12-15 13:55

    What a chop this "politician" is. He has the ego of a very large self centered person.

  • Kyle van der Merwe - 2015-01-16 12:18

    he would be better serves sitting in at eskom, hospitals, police, schools....go to hell

  • Andre Venter - 2015-01-16 13:00

    So minister, when it is the other way around would you go and find the white person who was insulted by a black person? Remember, you are the minister representing ALL people. Somehow I think not....

  • Lydia Benkenstein - 2015-01-16 17:01

    Jack, who are you trying to fool? It means "white person coming from the foam in the sea." That is why we have the comment "We will chase you back into the sea"

  • Sam Rudolph - 2015-02-05 21:40

    So what, th3 bible sqys the following! For give, forgive. Let not your brother and or your sister plead in bain, forgive, forgive. Jesus for gave on the Cross to all of us. Who r we 2 judge or condem anyone else? 4give, ,4 give. ? Live in Harmony. S

  • Andrew Swales - 2015-02-06 13:20

    Is this government only interested in racial issues! have you forgot the energy crisis that is mostly "your" doing. Shucks I forgot, you blame whites for that too. Appartheid!

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