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Domestic worker racial abuse case resumes

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The trial of a man, who allegedly assaulted and racially insulted his girlfriend’s domestic worker, will resume in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. Andre van Deventer faces charges of common assault and crimen injuria.

During a previous appearance, the court heard that the domestic worker, Gloria Kente, 50, had poor health after he allegedly assaulted and swore at her. His lawyer, Henry van der Westhuizen, said Kente had health issues because she was overweight and unhealthy.

However, Kente said her doctor had never told her she was overweight and that she had never eaten healthy foods at her employer’s house.
She also told the court that when she asked Van Deventer to look after Pienaar’s child while she took a shower, she said she heard him shouting that they were “paying this kaffir R2400 to look after the child”.

He allegedly grabbed her by the collar of her pyjamas. Kente has also applied to the Equality Court in Cape Town for R100,000 in damages and an unconditional apology from Van Deventer. SAPA

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