Mboweni 'not racist'

THE Equality Court in Pretoria ruled in favour of former SA Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni yesterday in a discrimination case brought against him by businessman Mario Pretorius.

THE Equality Court in Pretoria ruled in favour of former SA Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni yesterday in a discrimination case brought against him by businessman Mario Pretorius.

The court ruled that the utterances made at a shareholders' meeting in September 2008 were nothing more than a storm in a teacup.

Pretorius took Mboweni to court for alleged racist comments he made during the meeting , contending they amounted to hate speech and were unfair and discriminatory.

He dismissed arguments that Mboweni's statement was triggered by his "rude behaviour", saying his use of the word "sir" indicated he was being respectful.

Pretorius demanded compensation, an apology and for Mboweni to pay legal costs, as the alleged racist statement tainted his reputation. - Sapa

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