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12 Dec 2014
2:32 pm

Possible house arrest for race slur man


A domestic worker who was assaulted and called a "kaffir" last year will be happy if her attacker is sentenced to house arrest, she told the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Friday.

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Gloria Kente, 50, was called to the stand to argue in aggravation of sentence of Andre van Deventer.

Andy Hess, for the State, asked what she thought of house arrest and Kente asked through a Xhosa interpreter to explain what that meant.

“Correctional services will monitor him…. He can’t move. He can’t go anywhere. He can only go to work. He can only go to church,” Hess said.

She said this sentence would mean Van Deventer could pay the R50,000 damages the Equality Court had ruled he had to pay her.

“I do not have a problem with that,” Kente replied.

Hess said Van Deventer would also participate in community service as part of this arrangement, and suggested that he be placed with the African National Congress Women’s League.

Kente said she would be happy and that Van Deventer would be safe.

Hess wanted to know whether ANCWL members would assault or insult him.

“We black people are not racist,” Kente replied.

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Last month, the court found Van Deventer guilty of assaulting Kente and 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.

The Cape Town Equality Court, in a separate case involving the same incident, ruled on October 24 that Van Deventer pay Kente R50,000 in compensation and submit a formal apology.

Kente was asked how this incident, and a similar one in 2008, had affected her.

She replied that it had made her life “sore” and that she felt like she was not worthy as a person.

“It has also had an impact on my health and I don’t feel well. I am very scared. The noise that Andre used to make is still in my head.”

Despite this, she had forgiven him. She just wanted him to apologise to her in person.

She asked that the court impose a harsh sentence so that he would not act in the same manner again.

During cross-examination, she accepted Henry van der Westhuizen’s suggestion that his client needed rehabilitation for anger issues.

He put it to her that it would be in the interests of justice to receive help for these issues as he would then not be angry with other people.

“I have no comment,” Kente replied.

He also put it to her that his client had already apologised to her in a letter and on national television.

She said she was not happy with some of the things he said in the letter and that she had not seen him on television.

“I say he has done that and it is available for you to view at anytime at your pleasure,” Van der Westhuizen replied.