Caretaker fined for racial attack

A WHITE Nelson Mandela Bay caretaker who called a black traffic officer a k****r, kicked him and pepper-sprayed him in the face, has been warned by a Port Elizabeth magistrate to "change because we are now a rainbow nation".

Mike van Niekerk, 60, was found guilty of crimen injuria, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and reckless and negligent driving and sentenced in the Port Elizabeth's Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Van Niekerk, of Noordhoek, was sentenced to four months or a R4000 fine for the crimen injuria and assault charges, to be paid in monthly instalments of R500. He was also sentenced to two months or a R2000 fine, wholly suspended for three years for the reckless and negligent driving charges. - Hendrick Mphande

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