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I'm no racist, says flat owner

By unknown | Apr 03, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

Heinz Hubner, owner of a Krugersdorp building where a family of five were allegedly assaulted and evicted for being black, said he was shocked when he saw the story in the media yesterday.

Edwin Mofokeng, 48, his wife Doris, 42, and their daughters, Keitumetse, 16, Kelebehile, 15, and their cousin Masetjhaba Ndungane, 15, were allegedly assaulted and kicked out of their flat in the West Rand city at the weekend.

"I'm not a racist," Hubner said. "We had agreed [with the family] that they would leave the premises by noon on Friday because that place is for working-class people, not for students," Hubner said.

"The girls were living there, not their parents," he said.

Hubner said he had only discovered that the girls were students after they had moved in. He said they were noisy and troublesome and that other tenants had complained.

"Their furniture was taken out and the flat was locked. But they broke the door and moved back in. My daughter [Zonja] was called to the scene by my workers.

"When Zonja arrived, she was assaulted until she passed out.

"The girls put bubblegum in her hair.

"I own a number of flats around Krugersdorp and 60percent of my tenants are black," said Hubner.

He said his daughter was planning to lay a charge of assault against the Mofokengs.


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