Sentencing hearing set in black-on-black racism case
Publish date: 02 December 2019
Issue Number: 852
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa
Sentencing arguments in the crimen injuria case against businessman Peter-Paul Ngwenya has been set down for 4 February 2020. Ngwenya last week made a brief appearance in the Randburg Magistrate's Court where he was convicted of crimen injuria in August, says TimesLIVE. The court acquitted him on two counts of contravening court orders. His lawyer and the prosecutor were not present in court. Ngwenya, who spent almost five years as a political prisoner on Robben Island, initially faced two counts of contravening a protection order obtained by his former long-term friend, Fani Titi. He was convicted of crimen injuria for referring to Titi in a text message as a 'Qwaqwa kaffir' and a 'Bantustan boss'. The conflict between Ngwenya and Titi stemmed from a business deal that turned sour.