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Criminal charges laid against Nicole de Klerk

Nicole de Klerk called Yamkela Ntola & his friends the k-word at the Queen's Plate horse racing event.

Nicole de Klerk allegedly called guests the ‘k’ word after she was apparently refused a chair. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN – A Cape Town attorney has laid criminal charges against a woman who called him and his friends the k-word over the weekend. 

Yamkela Ntola, a second-year candidate attorney at Cullinan and Associates, opened the case against Nicole de Klerk on Sunday. 

On Saturday, de Klerk called Ntola and other professionals at the Queen's Plate horse racing event, the k-word repeatedly. 

She later apologised on Twitter, saying she's embarrassed by what she’d said. 

Ntola says he felt insulted.

“I laid a charge of crimen injuria at the Wynberg Police Station. I will then lay a complaint at the Human Rights Commission on the basis of hate speech and ask them to take it forward from there.”

The daughter of former Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour, Sanelisiwe Balfour, was also a witness to the incident. 

She says, “I think everyone does deserve forgiveness. I accept her apology, but once again, I can’t forget what happened and it’s completely unacceptable.”

DE KLERK DEACTIVATES SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

De Klerk has deactivated her social media accounts following the incident. 

Her employer, The Talent Boom, also fired her with immediate effect after the incident was reported to them over the weekend.

She’d been with the company for only two days.

She was apparently intoxicated when she called the group the k-word. 

Balfour says, “Nicole came out of nowhere and started speaking things that weren’t really making sense because she was so drunk. I asked her to please leave. She continued talking to us, she didn’t want to leave and then she told one of our other friends, ‘stop acting like a k-word’. She repeated it two more times.”

The Talent Boom has described her behaviour as ‘absolutely unacceptable’ and ‘deeply upsetting".


RACIST INCIDENTS

This is the latest in a string of racist comments made over the past few weeks.

In the first incident, Durban estate agent Penny Sparrow had called black beachgoers monkeys via a Facebook post.

Sparrow now faces criminal charges and will also have to answer to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Estate Agency Affairs Board.

Standard Bank employee Chris Hart has been suspended following a tweet over victims of apartheid. 

Government official Velaphi Khumalo expressed his hatred towards white people, saying that black people should do to white people ‘what Hitler did to Jews’.

Journalist Carien du Plessis posted a tweet that angered the African National Congress (ANC), describing people who'd attend the ANC's 104th birthday celebrations as ‘pantypreneurs’ and ‘tenderpreneurs’.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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