Love triangle assault clip goes viral

2014-10-18 00:00

VIDEO footage of the kidnapping and assault of a Durban man — the result of an apparent love triangle — went viral on social media this week.

The footage of the September incident, which shows Aadil Osman helpless at the hands of three men, was leaked on Facebook and has gone viral on several social media platforms, spawning hundreds of Chicky Lamba memes.

Shakeel Cassim, known as Chicky Lamba in the video, is accused of luring Osman into a car in Pretoria. The video shows Osman, a Morningside businessman, being repeatedly assaulted by Cassim, apparently also a businessman, and the others.

Breaking his silence, Osman told Weekend Witness that his ex-girlfriend Naushina Ganie, who is now engaged to Cassim, had been the source of the fight.

“She started dating Shakeel when I said I wasn’t ready to get engaged. She kept in contact with me and called me often,” he said.

Osman said he had been out of touch with Cassim for several years, but the two had previously had a tumultuous relationship over Ganie.

The night before he was kidnapped, he had congratulated Cassim on his engagement to Ganie.

“I had forgotten about the argument we had three years ago,” he said.

On the day of the incident, he said, Cassim, of Pretoria, had lured him into a car under the pretext of taking him out.

“When Shakeel arrived there were two other men in the car who I didn’t know and then that’s when I thought something was wrong,” he said.

Osman said he was then forced into the car against his will.

“After a minute I asked what was going on and that’s when the recording started,” he said.

Osman was frisked for weapons, and his phone taken and searched for Ganie’s number, which he says was not found.

For nearly 15 minutes Osman was repeatedly pistol-whipped, beaten and threatened with a gun.

Osman said his father had received threats via SMS from both Cassim and his henchmen. He said he had been depressed over the incident and hurt.

“At the time this was happening, I really thought I was going to die and have never been in a situation like that before,” he said.

Osman said after he was dropped at his hotel, his attackers had apologised to him. “I returned a call to Shakeel and he apologised again, and a third time when I saw him later that day.”

Osman said a case was opened by Laudium police against the men.

Numerous attempts to contact Cassim proved unsuccessful at the time of going to press.

• rumana.akoob@witness.co.za

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