S.Africa: White Teenagers charged after alleged racial attack
- 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
Source: Independent Online (IOL)