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Nelson Mandela Foundation welcomes racist Momberg’s sentence  

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said the effective 
prison sentence given to convicted racist, Vicky Momberg, “delivers a clear message to South Africans that the kind of race-based abuse for which Ms Momberg was found guilty will not be tolerated”.
 
The Foundation reacted in a statement after Momberg was sentenced to an effective two years in prison by the Randburg Magistrate's Court for her 2016 racial outbursts. She was caught on video as she hurled racial insults at a black policeman. 
 
“For too long post-apartheid South Africa has pursued what we would call strategies of generosity in relation to such manifestations of racism.  It must stop,” said the Foundation. 
 
“But it is not enough to act against ‘incidents’ of racism. It is time to transform the underlying structures of power and privilege”.
 
Randburg magistrate, Pravina Rugoonandan, sentenced the former real estate agent to three years in prison, with one year suspended, provided she doesn’t commit a similar offence again. 
In her judgement, Rugoonandan said: “The duty to eradicate racism and its tendencies has become all the more apparent, essential and urgent now. For this reason, nothing that threatens to take us back to our racist past should be glossed over.”
Momberg was found guilty on four counts of crimen injuria on 3 November in connection with her rant, which started when she lashed out at a black police officer who had responded to help her after an smash and grab incident in Northriding in Johannesburg. 
In a video clip that went viral on social media, Momberg could be heard using the k-word and referring to the "calibre of blacks" in Johannesburg. 
Magistrate Rugoonandan said Momberg’s racial insults stripped the police officers – who were in uniform and ready to serve - of their dignity.
Shortly after her sentencing, Momberg applied for bail, but this was denied by the Randburg Magistrates Court. Momberg’s defence intends to apply for leave to appeal the sentence next week. 
Momberg’s defence lawyer, Kevin Lawlor, had argued that sentencing should have been limited to rehabilitation instead of direct imprisonment.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the effective two-year jail sentence handed down to Momberg is a landmark sentence that will set a precedent for similar cases.
The NPA’s Phindi Louw commended the court for its decision, saying it would send a strong message to those tempted to behave in the same manner.
“This ruling gives hope to all South Africans that the law is on their side, they need not be ashamed and sit in their own corners enduring racial comments from others,” said Louw.
Justice Minister, Michael Masutha, also welcomed the sentence.  
The Justice Ministry told Eyewitness News that the sentence handed down to Momberg is fitting, especially in a country where people have persisted in using the k-word.
Deputy Justice Minister, John Jeffery, said Momberg’s jail sentence is what was missing.
“We welcome the sentence that was handed down. For too long people have been able to say appalling things and get away effectively with a slap on the wrist,” Jeffery said. 
He added that Momberg’s sentence is further justified because she was not repentant and was unwilling to take responsibility.