JOHANNESBURG –The National Prosecuting Authority said on Thursday that the public needs to see that incidents of racism will not be tolerated.
The NPA made this comment at the Randburg District Court where Durban estate agent Vicki Momberg appeared on charges of crimen injuria.
The police laid a charge against Momberg after a video went viral in which she was seen insulting black police officers who had tried to assist her after a smash-and-grab incident.
In the footage, Momberg uses the k-word and describes black people in Johannesburg as "arrogant, useless and clueless."
Momberg’s lawyer Nardus Grove said that his client is not a racist and that she wasn't herself when she made the statements.
He has also issued an apology on her behalf.
#VickiMomberg lawyer says she's "traumatized".— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) July 14, 2016
Her lawyer asked that no cameras should be allowed in court and that his client’s face not be filmed.
Grove says filming #VickiMomberg will "just sensationalize this further". Magistrate rules against him.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) July 14, 2016
But the prosecutor said Momberg made herself a celebrity in the video and not the media.
Seems #VickiMomberg may not be happy about cameras in court.Prosecutor tells her lawyer: your client made herself a celebrity, not the media— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) July 14, 2016
Straight from prosecutor Yusuf Baba....he's going to apply for cameras in court. https://t.co/dhZJ94CeSY— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) July 14, 2016
The case has been postponed to 1 August.
The Human Rights Commission has also laid charges against Momberg at the Equality Court.
#VickiMomberg lawyer says she wants to apologise to black police she abused "and has always had great relations with people of all races"— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) July 14, 2016
* eNCA reporter Karyn Maughan has more on this story. Watch the video in the gallery above.