Racist boss’s case postponed in Cape Town court

2014-11-13 12:08

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Cape Town - The trial of a man who allegedly assaulted and racially insulted his girlfriend's domestic worker was postponed in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Andre van Deventer's trial could not proceed because Magistrate Alta le Roux was absent due to illness.

A stand-in magistrate postponed the matter provisionally until next Wednesday, when closing arguments would be heard if Le Roux was present.

Gloria Kente, the complainant in the matter, seemed frustrated and shook her head at the delay.
Van Deventer, 36, faces charges of common assault and crimen injuria.

Kente previously testified about how Van Deventer allegedly assaulted and swore at her at her employer's home in Tableview last June. The domestic worker alleged he grabbed her by her pyjamas, verbally assaulted her and spat in her face.

He admitted to the crimen injuria charge but maintained he was not guilty of assaulting her.

Last month, he admitted on the stand that calling Kente a "kaffir" was unnecessary but had been fuelled by anger.

At the time, he said he was very upset when Kente interrupted him while he was drinking beer and trying to connect an electronic device to a television.

He said he used the racial insult to describe her when arguing with his ex-girlfriend over Kente leaving his son with him so she could shower.

The intention had not been for Kente to hear him, even though he was screaming in the bedroom.

Kente heard him from the shower, they got into an argument in the corridor, and he said it again to her face.

The Cape Town Equality Court, in a separate case on the same incident, ruled on 24 October that Van Deventer had to pay Kente R50 000 in compensation.

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