Cape Town - 140611 - Gloria Kente leaving court today after she testified against her employer on chargers of racism. PICTURE: LUC GENDRON

Cape Town - A racial abuse trial involving a white man who called a domestic worker the k-word has encouraged several other domestic workers to come forward, says the SA Domestic Services and Allied Workers Union.

André van Deventer, 35, who allegedly called Gloria Kente, 50, of Khayelitsha the k-word before grabbing her and spitting at her, appeared briefly in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. He faces charges of common assault and crimen injuria.

Kente was employed as a live-in nanny by Van Deventer’s girlfriend, Mariechen Pienaar, in Table View for nine years. The alleged incident occurred in June last year. She applied to the Equality Court in Cape Town for R100 000 in damages and an unconditional apology from Van Deventer.

Union organiser Margie Marman said: “We received more reports since this case began. We encourage domestic workers to come forward; they don’t have to go though this.”


The trial is expected to continue on Wednesday.

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