When it comes to racism in South Africa, few convicted racists seem willing to take responsibility for their actions.
Last month we saw another case of crimen injuria when Marie Basson was sentenced to six months in jail for calling Nomsa Masuku a ‘K-word Bitch’ four years ago.
Basson appealed the sentence, and when that didn’t work, she decided to take her freedom into her own hands.
According to TimesLIVE, she’s evading her sentence.
“I want to offer to take a polygraph — I did not say [the k-word]. I will never be the same person again. I will never get it. I keep thinking, why did this happen to me … I am in excruciating pain,” she told Times Select in a hotel room in Johannesburg where she was hiding out, wearing a blonde wig as disguise.
Masuka (below) would like Basson to seek help to deal with “the hatred she has against African people”.
Basson should now be behind bars, but the department of correctional services has said it does not know where she is.
Last Friday, Basson contacted Times Select and suggested a late-night meeting. She appeared pale and gaunt, saying her weight had dropped from about 100kg to 50kg from the stress of the case. She later removed her wig to reveal a half-shaven head.
Basson failed to report to the Johannesburg Correctional Centre to begin her sentence.
“I am on the run … If I had known that this would lead to prison I would have left [the country] a long time ago. I know if I go to prison I am going to die,” she said.
“It is lies, pure lies, and I was ignoring the whole thing because I did not think I would be found guilty. There is no evidence. The whole court case was a joke.
“I can’t sleep. I go through stages of being mortified – it is the worst feeling in the world. I am petrified and during the day I feel like a zombie. It’s like I’m in an Angelina Jolie movie.”
Basson has refused to apologise for her actions, and the courts ultimately found her to be an unreliable source.
Masuka has brushed off Basson’s claims that the case was not handled properly.
“My case was trialled … and she was found guilty by a court of law, and there were witnesses and technical evidence, she knows about it. So she must face the consequences.
“During the day of the incident I was very humiliated as she kept on screaming and insulting me inside the shop. She waited for me by the door as she was finished paying. She continued to insult me [into the] parking lot. People were looking at me and [telling me] to ignore her and that’s what I did.”
Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo says that an arrest warrant needs to be issued before they can take action.
I reckon going on the lam wasn’t the best move, on Basson’s part.
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