Court told of ‘racist’ nightclub fracas

2012-06-06 00:00

BROTHERS Jean-Pierre and Nicholas du Plooy have denied allegations that they used racist insults and assaulted a Zimbabwean man, Likwando Mbumwae, outside Crowded House nightclub last September.

They alleged in statements read to magistrate Linda Lewis by their attorney, Anand Pillay, yesterday that Mbumwae had behaved provocatively inside the club.

He had said he wanted to “spar” with two of their friends and warned that if “their mates jump in he would pull his gonie [slang for knife] out”.

Nicholas du Plooy had informed a bouncer, Jack Bama, that Mbumwae claimed to have a knife. This caused the bouncer to approach Mbumwae and dispossess him of a knife and knuckle duster which he had in his possession.

On leaving the club later, Mbumwae confronted them and stated they were the “white trash” who told the bouncer he “had the stuff”.

This led to a fight.

Nicholas du Plooy said Mbumwae challenged him to “go one on one” and he took off his shirt.

He saw him “reach for something in his back pocket” and noticed him retrieve a silver knife which he held in his hand.

His brother rushed to them and threw a punch and a struggle ensued.

Mbumwae, however, testified that the brothers’ version was “lies”.

He said the accused called him a “k****r” more than once, and told his female friend, Rachel, that she was “too good for him”. One of them said she was “ a monkey lover” as he tried to usher her into a taxi.

He denied he had a knife during the fracas.

“Everybody has their day in court and we’ll just see how it goes. What they [the accused] say is false. Its all lies and best wishes to them,” he said.

Mbumwae said he had felt “upset and aggrieved” and was provoked into inviting a “one on one” fight outside the club with Nicholas du Plooy, whom he described as “super drunk and agitated”.

He said Du Plooy had told Rachel she was too good for him and when he had asked him why, Du Plooy replied: “Because you’re black, dude.”

Du Plooy took off his shirt and asked more than once: “What you gonna do k****r?” Mbumwae tried to ignore him, but heard “one of the boys say she [Rachel] is just a monkey lover”. He turned, and a “second later” got punched.

Mbumwae said both accused punched him on the ground until someone stopped the fight.

He suffered a black eye, swelling on the left side of his face and a cut on the right side of his face next to his eye.

He admitted that he had been carrying a knife and brass knuckleduster inside the club which were taken away by a bouncer.

But he insisted he was unarmed when the fight happened as he had given the weapons to his friend, Max Wilson.

Mbumwae said he carried the weapons for self-defence.

He added that he “used to carry a knife” and owned several knives and daggers. He was “into martial arts” and liked “throwing daggers”.

The court viewed Safe City CCTV footage of the fracas, which does not record sound.

The case was postponed to July 12.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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