Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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3 Feb 2017
6:16 am

Racism accused Vicky Momberg gets new lawyer

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

This after Momberg dropped her previous lawyer over claims he had leaked information about her to the media.

RANDBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 01: Estate agent Vicky Momberg outside the Randburg Magistrate Court after her appearance where she was summoned with charges of crimen injuria on August 01, 2016 in Randburg, South Africa. The ‘charges’ follows a viral video of an incident showing Momberg racially assaulting police officers after a smash and grab altercation in Johannesburg North. Picture: Gallo Images

Racism accused Vicky Momberg finally won her battle for legal representation, after she dropped her last lawyer claiming he had leaked information about her to the press.

Appearing briefly on Thursday at a regional court sitting at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, Momberg was told that when the trial continues next month, she would not be given any more time if she tried to change lawyers again.

She has since been appointed another lawyer and the case has been postponed to March 13 and 14. Momberg was also due to appear at the Equality Court, where the South African Human Rights Commission called for her to be fined R150 000.

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Momberg shot to infamy last year when a video emerged of her apparently shouting racist slurs after falling victim to a smash and grab incident.

Charged initially with one count of crimen injuria, more charges were added after it later emerged that when the estate agent phoned the police to report the incident she released a torrent of racial slurs and insults at three officers.

Early last month, her application for legal aid hit a hurdle when she was asked to provide documents proving she could not afford legal representation.

The “unemployed” real estate agent said last year she had lost faith in her legal aid attorney following the alleged leaking of confidential information.

When she appeared in court in December, she completed an application for legal aid.

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