Michael Masutha welcomes convicted racist Momberg's sentence

Vicki Momberg was caught on camera in 2017 racially abusing police officers who were trying to help her after a smash and grab incident.

FILE: Justice Minister Michael Masutha. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Michael Masutha has welcomed the sentence handed down to convicted racist Vicki Momberg.

Momberg was caught on camera in 2016 racially abusing police officers who were trying to help her after a smash nd grab incident.

On Wednesday, the Randburg Magistrates Court sentenced her to three years behind bars, with one year suspended.

In her judgment, magistrate Pravina Raghoonandan told the court that Momberg’s racist rant would not be accommodated.

“The duty to eradicate racism and its tendencies has become all the more apparent, essential and urgent now. For this reason, nothing that threatens to take us back to our racist past should be glossed over.”

Raghoonandan added the courts had in the past punished people who used the k-word, but that action was clearly an insufficient deterrent.

Momberg has been denied bail while her lawyers appeal her sentence.

At the same time, the National Prosecuting Authority says the effective two-year jail term handed down to Momberg is a landmark sentence that will set a precedent for similar cases.

‘MOMBERG’S SENTENCE IS FITTING’

The Justice Ministry says the sentence handed down to Momberg is fitting especially in a country where people have persisted in using the k-word.

Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery says Momberg’s jail sentence is what was missing.

“We welcome the sentence that was handed down. For too long people have been able to say appalling things and get away effectively with a slap on the wrist.”

He says Momberg’s sentence is further justified because she was not repentant and was unwilling to take responsibility.

The court has ruled that Momberg stays behind bars until next week’s application for leave to appeal.