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3 Oct 2014
1:35 pm

Man denies assaulting domestic worker

A Cape Town man on Friday admitted to racially insulting his girlfriend's domestic worker, but said he did not lay a hand on her.

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“There was no physical contact,” Andre van Deventer, 36, told the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court about an incident at he and his ex-girlfriend’s Tableview home last June.

He said he had pleaded guilty to a charge of crimen injuria for calling their domestic worker Gloria Kente a “k****r”.

However, he was not guilty of assault.

Van Deventer was called as a witness after the State confirmed it had closed its case.

His lawyer, Henry van der Westhuizen, asked whether he assaulted, held or grabbed 50-year-old Kente that day.

Van Deventer said he got home, had a few beers and was trying to connect an electronic device to his television.

Around 6pm, Kente left his child with him on the couch and said she was going to shower.

He went to the bedroom and a loud argument ensued with his ex-girlfriend Mariechin Pienaar over Kente’s conduct. He used “k****r” at one point to describe her.

“I said certain things to her [Pienaar] about Mrs Kente, whereupon Mrs Kente screamed from the bathroom ‘Are you talking about me?’,” Van Deventer testified in Afrikaans.

He said he and Kente confronted each other in the corridor between the bathroom and bedroom.

“We had an argument. At one stage, I went to the kitchen, had a sip of beer and went back to argue. I did name her the k-word [sic].”

Van Deventer said he mentioned the fact that people were throwing faeces at Cape Town International Airport and also referred to former president Nelson Mandela.

He claimed Kente did not keep quiet and screamed back at him.

“She didn’t touch me but she was extremely bombastic and in my face.”

Kente previously testified about how Van Deventer allegedly assaulted and swore at her. She alleged he grabbed her by her pyjamas, verbally assaulted her and spat in her face.

Kente has applied to the Equality Court in Cape Town for R100,000 in damages and an unconditional apology from Van Deventer.

Judgment in the equality court matter was expected on October 24.

UPDATE: Andre van Deventer admits racial insult was unnecessary 

Calling a domestic worker a “k****r” was unnecessary but had been fuelled by anger, he told the court.

Andre van Deventer, 36, said he was very upset when Gloria Kente interrupted him while he was drinking beer and trying to connect an electronic device to a television last June.

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.

UPDATE: Mariechin Pienaar surprised by domestic worker’s claim of assult

Mariechin Pienaar, 38, testified that she heard Andre van Deventer and Gloria Kente fighting outside the bedroom of her Tableview home last June, but never saw Kente being assaulted.

“They stood face-to-face in the corridor and screamed at each other. Andre swore and called her the K-word [kaffir],” she testified in Afrikaans.

She said Kente, 50, shouted back at Van Deventer.

“I remember Gloria screamed back and said ‘how can you speak with me like that’ and ‘how can you call me a K because you have two kids with a black woman’.”

She said she went into the corridor and wedged herself between the two, telling them to go to their rooms because she was scared the noise would disturb the neighbours.

Pienaar said she did not see her ex-boyfriend spit at Kente, verbally threaten her or lay a hand on her. Kente went to her bedroom to cry and was heartbroken at what had happened.

“She said she would not tolerate being spoken to like that again. She was not going to leave it. I told her that whatever she decided to do, I would speak the truth.”

Kente opened crimen injuria and assault cases against Van Deventer and took out a restraining order to prevent him from calling her names or entering her room.