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SA estate agent jailed for racist abuse

SA estate agent jailed for racist abuse

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  • "A court jailed Vicky Momberg for three years, with one year suspended, for using a derogatory word against a black police officer 48 times...She hurled insults at black officers trying to assist her after she was robbed on the outskirts of the main city, Johannesburg, in 2016, and complained about the

    "A court jailed Vicky Momberg for three years, with one year suspended, for using a derogatory word against a black police officer 48 times...She hurled insults at black officers trying to assist her after she was robbed on the outskirts of the main city, Johannesburg, in 2016, and complained about the 'calibre of blacks in Johannesburg compared to black people in Durban', where she was based. Handing down her ruling, magistrate Pravina Raghoonandan said some may think the sentence was harsh but it was intended to signal that racism will not be tolerated in South Africa. Previous prosecutions had not prevented racist incidents, and therefore imposing a direct prison sentence without the option of a fine would send a strong message, she added."

    A magistrate in South Africa takes drastic steps in deterring racism in the country. Succesful or not, they continue to try to make strides in actively leading the fight against colonized whiteness. It's the question of freedom of speech versus the remnants of a structure of institutional racism. In order to truly have one, is it necessary to impede on the other?

  • Thanks for inviting me to the conversation! I think this is a little extreme but I've been doing a ton of research on Africa lately and it honestly isn't that far fetched in comparison to a lot of other places so it isn't surprising. To answer your question, I don't get why we can't have both free speech

    Thanks for inviting me to the conversation! I think this is a little extreme but I've been doing a ton of research on Africa lately and it honestly isn't that far fetched in comparison to a lot of other places so it isn't surprising. To answer your question, I don't get why we can't have both free speech and no racism though. I think everything has to be looked at it through the lens of the Constitution: what did the founding fathers intend for "free speech" to mean? They meant to protect everyone's right to be racist, but also everyone else's right to drown out that racism. We can have a world with no institutional racism AND free speech, all we have to do is make sure that the voices against it are loudest.

  • Lock her up! Lock her up! #MSAGA