Crime Victim sent to Prison

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Vicky Momberg became a victim of a smash-and-grab in Johannesburg in 2016. She was in a deep shock, so when policemen approached her trying to help her she started insulting them for having the same skin colour as the man who attacked her. Using racial slurs cannot be acceped or justified, nevertheless the condition of Ms. Momberg was such that she could not be fully responsible for her behaviour.  On March 28, 2018 the Randburg Magistrate’s Court sentenced her to 3 years of imprisonment, one of which was suspended for 3 years and 2 years have to be spent in jail. She was also ordered to pay a high fine. denied bail pending an application for leave to appeal the sentence. This way she was the first person to be sentenced to direct imprisonment for her racist behaviour.

We do not deny that racism is a big problem all around the world, especially in South Africa, however we strongly protest against making an example of a woman who became a victim of a crime. Thus we kindly ask the President of the Republic of South Africa His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services hon. Michael Masutha and the Minister of Women in the Presidency hon. Bathabile Dlamini to use their power to have the direct prison sentence suspended and/or replaced with more lenient form of punishment.