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Minister Masutha welcomes Vicky Momberg Judgement

28 March 2018

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Advocate Michael Masutha, welcomes the sentence meted out to Vicky Momberg in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court today. Momberg has been sentenced to an effective 2 years’ imprisonment and a further one year which has been suspended.  She was found guilty of four counts of crimen injuria after video footage emerged of her racially insulting a black police officer.

Minister Masutha commends the National Prosecuting Authority and the investigating team for their efforts in securing a successful conviction. Masutha reiterates the Department’s commitment to fighting racially motivated crimes and other hate crimes that are plaguing our communities. “We believe that this strong sentence will deter would-be hate crime perpetrators in our society. We also find it defeating and disappointing that we are dealing with a case of this nature in a year where we celebrate the year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” said Minister Masutha.

The crime committed against Constable David Mkhondo and the sentence imposed by the court highlights the need for the development of the law with regard to crimes of hate speech and hate crimes in South Africa.  No crime which has its basis in racism should go unpunished.

In this regard, the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill has been approved by Cabinet for introduction to Parliament.  The Bill is intended to be used for the prosecution of persons who commit hate crimes and hate speech and provide for appropriate penalties and to put in place measures to prevent and combat these offences.   It is envisaged that the Bill will be effective in the prevention of hate crimes and hate speech.

The sentence will assist the Department in consolidating the efforts to build a society which respects human dignity and equality as envisaged by the founding principles of our Constitution. The Minister is committed to uprooting this scourge from society and to put an end to vicious incidents of intolerance and racism.

Issued by the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services

Mr Steve Mahlangu
Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services
079 878 7587