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S.Africa: White Teenagers charged after alleged racial attack

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  • pbs@iafrica.com
    From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org [This is terrible... Yet... what is not so terrible is when blacks steal from or murder whites... BECAUSE THEY ARE WHITE. That,
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2005
      From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
      [This is terrible... Yet... what is not so terrible is when blacks steal
      from or murder whites... BECAUSE THEY ARE WHITE. That, obviously... is
      not racism... Jan]

      By Aziz Hartley and Balalo Ndenze

      Three white teenagers are to be prosecuted for an alleged racial assault
      on their coloured neighbours.

      And they are to face the Equality Court as well.

      The Prince family of Melkbosstrand, outside Cape Town, alleges their
      neighbours' teenage son and his friends attacked them in January with a
      cricket bat, hit and kicked them amid chants of "moer die k****r".

      'They have 10 days to indicate if they will oppose'
      Chris Prince and his son Garth, 27, were admitted to hospital.

      Provincial director of public prosecutions Rodney de Kock on Tuesday
      night confirmed that the boys would be charged.

      They are to appear in the Atlantis magistrate's court next week on
      charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, common assault
      and crimen injuria, he said.

      Peter Williams, an advocate representing the family, said on Tuesday that
      the Equality Court sent notices to the three on Monday advising that
      proceedings had been instituted against them.

      "They have also been notified of complaints lodged against them, and they
      have 10 days to indicate if they will oppose," Williams said.

      The Equality Court was established to hear cases of hate speech,
      discrimination and harassment.

      Meanwhile, about 50 African National Congress members staged a placard
      demonstration on Tuesday in support of the Princes.

      ANC MPL Max Ozinsky, who led the demonstration, said they wanted to show
      support for the family and encourage people to oppose racism.

      He said the most positive response to their protest came from
      Melkbosstrand "and most of them are from whites".

      Said Chris Prince: "We don't feel so alone anymore."

      "It was very bold of them to have taken this type of action and we thank
      them. It is good to see the ANC is getting involved in what is going on
      at grassroots level".

      This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on February
      02, 2005

      Source: Independent Online (IOL)
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