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sapsNews24 reports that police officer Captain JM Henrico made his first appearance in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, facing a charge of crimen injuria after allegedly calling his subordinates the k-word.  

After appearing briefly in the dock, Henrico's case was postponed to 13 June for the disclosure of the docket.  Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), which had been approached by several police officers to assist them with a watching brief, was also present in court.  In a statement, LHR said the complainants in the matter had accused Henrico of referring to them by the k-word and verbally harassing them.  "Black police officers at the Pretoria police station have filed various internal and criminal complaints against Captain Henrico for numerous acts of racism against them," LHR stated.  The complaints apparently date back to 2016.  LHR said this case represented one of numerous cases filed by police officers testifying to acts of racism prevalent in police stations across the country.  It added that the National Prosecution Authority's decision to proceed with a criminal trial in this matter offered hope for the officials and sent a strong message that racism had serious consequences.

  • Read this report by Alex Mitchley in full at News24

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