Incident sparks drama

2017-05-10 06:02
A violent incident took place on early Sunday morning (07/05) between four local men and a ­Nigerian national at the Pattapatta nightclub, Kuruman.Photo: Lecrecia Prins

A violent incident took place on early Sunday morning (07/05) between four local men and a ­Nigerian national at the Pattapatta nightclub, Kuruman.Photo: Lecrecia Prins

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At least one person is reported to be badly injured during a violent incident in the early hours of Sunday morning (07/05) between four local men and a Nigerian national at the nightclub in Kuruman, known as Pattapatta.

The cause for the confrontation was apparently connected to a drug deal that went wrong.

Although the police cannot confirm what led to the incident, everyone inside the overcrowded nightclub was running for cover in fear of their lives, while chairs and glass pieces flew around.

An eyewitness saw one person being loaded into a police van and the Nigerian national taken to hospital by ER24, while the police only confirmed that a case of assault with grievous bodily harm was opened.

Lt.Col Dimakatso Mooi said no arrest was made with regard to the incident.

The fight apparently started outside the club before the Nigerian, who is reported to be a regular at the club, fled inside, followed by the four local men who chased him.

“There was blood and broken glass everywhere inside the club and we were all afraid of being injured and pushed away from the glass door, which is the only entrance to the club,” an eyewitness said.

“I have never seen such a gruesome act. The Nigerian was trying to run away, fleeing over everything that was in his way.

“The incident almost resulted into a stampede as the situation got out of control.”

According to the eyewitness, it seems there is no emergency door inside the busy club.

“That is why almost everyone who left the club, suffered minor injuries.”

According to him, the security guards could not do anything to stop the fight as they were also assaulted with bottles when trying to stop the other four from entering the club.

“We crawled under the tables and chairs to hide, but it was lifted and used as weapons while bottles continued to be broken.

“We saw how they pulled the other man from behind the counter and assaulted him with broken bottles and chairs.

“Another attempt by him to flee, failed as he tripped and fell, which led to more assaults on him.”

The eyewitness said two police officers arrived at the scene but could not do anything to stop the violent fight.

“My clothes and those of my girlfriend were covered in blood stains on our arrival at home and we had a few minor scratches.”

He said the police found one of the men still busy assaulting the Nigerian, who seemed unconscious on the floor.

He was hit continuously with an empty beer bottle by the attacker.

The police then apparently arrested the attacker and loaded him inside the police van.

Express Northern Cape made several attempts to contact the club management for comment, but the cell phone was transferred to voicemail every time.

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