Johannesburg, South Africa – A woman who hurled racist abuse at a black police officer in a clip that went viral, showed up to court wearing cornrows per say. (Kim Kardashian who invented the style would call the braids “Bo Derek” braids as a credit to one of her complexion counterparts.)
Vicki Momberg, a former estate agent, was caught on video berating South African Police Service officers who had stopped to assist her after thieves broke into her car in Johannesburg. She repeatedly used a highly offensive slur that was commonly used to insult and demean black people during apartheid.
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Despite showing up to court rocking cornrows, in hopes of appearing less racist, Momberg was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison with one year suspended.
Her lawyer says she’s very unhappy in jail.
National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman Phindi Mjonondwane said, “We are pleased with the sentence. This sends a clear message to those who undermine other people’s rights.”
Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha welcomed the sentenced and reiterated his department’s commitment to fighting racially motivated crimes.
“We believe that this strong sentence will deter would-be hate crime perpetrators in our society. We also find it defeating and disappointing that we are dealing with a case of this nature in a year where we celebrate the year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” Masutha said.