News24

Alleged racial attack just not cricket

2011-11-20 16:15

Johannesburg - Employees of leading accounting firm KPMG are ­embroiled in a racial brawl after a night of drinking at the company’s action-cricket league finals.

Trainee accountant Peterson Khumalo, 25, has laid criminal charges against two colleagues for ­alleged assault. The colleagues, whose names are known to City Press, have laid counter complaints against Khumalo.

The alleged attack happened in the early hours of Friday November 11 at the Sandton cricket arena while KPMG staffers were socialising after the KPMG Premier League finals.

Khumalo claimed when he returned from the bathroom he saw an altercation in the bar between two staff members. After the men were separated by other KPMG employees, one of them allegedly grabbed him by the collar and threw him to the ground.

When he stood up and asked the man why he had attacked him, he was pushed against the cricket nets, Khumalo said. Another colleague entered the fray and punched Khumalo.

When nobody came to his aid, he fought back, Khumalo said. It was only when the manager of the cricket arena stepped in that the fight was stopped.

Walked away
 
One of Khumalo’s seniors tried to calm the situation and talked everybody into shaking hands. But he says, “while shaking hands with the one guy, he came closer and called me a kaffir. I just turned around and walked away".

On his way out, he was allegedly ­attacked again by the same men.  Khumalo has laid assault charges against his ­alleged attackers.

Khumalo’s lawyer, Bongani Khoza, said they were aware the two men had laid counter charges against his client, but they had not been contacted by police regarding the charges.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Moses Maphakela on Saturday confirmed a case of common assault, but said the docket was currently at court for the national prosecuting authority to decide whether to prosecute.

KPMG chief executive Moses Kgosana yesterday said the audit firm would conduct a full internal investigation once the outcome of the criminal matter was available.

Comments
  • Rory - 2011-11-20 17:06

    Oh jeez man, now honestly, would this have made the news if it wasn;t black and white??? NO is the answer to that. Why is that we have such a "thing" about race in this world?? But also, having said that, you never hear of a whitey crying ah you called me "honkey, whitey, racist, mlungu, cracker, loser, etc etc", so maybe its not all of us having this problem?

      Randy Mongatane - 2011-11-20 20:20

      Point taken but I think we should also consider the sensitivity that comes along with the alledged crime. The Chartered Accountancy profession is dominated by white South Africa,that's fact! Mayb the charges were laid bcoz he cudnt take it anymore, mayb as revenge, mayb he was advised to do so, maybe this maybe that. we can't b sure, as for black on white reports hmmmmmm . . Look ths is a newspaper, I am sure there are some stories out there bout that end in the bin cause they won't sell! Only news that can get people talking sells! So we can't rule out the fact that yes sumtyms we offend our white countrymen.

      Refilwe IronMan Rakoma - 2011-11-21 02:40

      So Rory you where not on Afriforums side when they took julius to court for you know what. Every white person in this country had something to say, now a black guy cries foul and you make excuses for the criminal? Why Rory why cant we just call a spade a spade.

      Niekie - 2011-11-21 07:38

      So refilwe, if you claim "every white person in this country had something to say", then will it be okay if I say that "every black person in this country is a murderer"? Listen to yourself dude! Your logic is weak and stupid!

      jwdupreez - 2011-11-21 08:20

      .....I'm afraid this "racial sickness" in our country will still be around for a while - it is similar to the Holocaust thing in Germany after WW2 - just as you think that you have seen/heard it all something "new" is found and rammed down our throats - I can imagine how the modernday Germans must feel re this issue = (GATVOL comes to mind)....BUT.....it seems that racism in SA is a very "handy weapon" if "things" start going in the "wrong direction" .....it clouds up the issue at hand and immediately swings in favour the Non-mlungu....... White SA males must "get used" to this form of "self-defence" and even reverse the accusation and start ramming it down the throats of those that are less inclined to stand up for themselves because they can hide behind RACISM..!!!!!!

  • Huey - 2011-11-20 17:13

    Accountants fighting? Man that must be funny. Double Entry, (FIFO) Fist in, Fist Out. [I know what you perves are thinking. Siss]

      Anton - 2011-11-20 17:21

      Being an auditor myself, I quite enjoyed that comment. Thanks.

      George - 2011-11-20 18:10

      Which one is called Lofty?

      Randy Mongatane - 2011-11-20 20:09

      LMAO good one, soon it will be LIFO Last (fist) In First Out of the company. And they say accountants don't have a sense of humor #SMH

  • Pierre - 2011-11-20 17:33

    @Attie - so i suppose black people instuted apartheid?? Are youn as stupid as you are ugly?

      Leon - 2011-11-20 18:26

      pierre you are right i was part of apartheid and just look at S.A now Please please tell me what to do to make S.A a better place I will even wash your feet

      Dorothea - 2011-11-20 21:01

      pierre, your spelling is absolutely appalling. what is wrong with you? INSTUTED????? oh dear.

      BA - 2011-11-20 23:57

      Whats wrong with Apartheid?

      Niekie - 2011-11-21 06:24

      Refilwe, you must be the biggest racist I have ever seen! Seriously dude, the way you are talking I'm sure you are one of the guys who go to farms, rape 80 year old ladies and then murder the whole lot! You are so filled eith hate it boils out of your mouth! Calm down son! So much anger and hate will make you sick!

  • Chabi - 2011-11-20 18:46

    Mr. Johan Grobbelaar is the reaction of whites to Malema's Du buli ibunu a result of inferiority complex ? I would like to know ...

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-20 18:52

    This article should have never been published until both sides of the story were investigated. This is pure sensationalist journalism at its worst. How any of you can make judgement with so little facts available is astounding! Gotta love the way we hate one another is SA .... I find it a bit exhausting.

  • Randy Mongatane - 2011-11-20 20:06

    Honestly thou? Like now all of you people shud nw b fighting? If that guy is proven guilty so b it,we can't generalise, ths is not what our former leaders fought and died for! Its not our place to be judging n speculating whether the guy actually did call the other th k word, n as for those hu argue that if it were black against black, well, this a newspaper, ths is what sells!KPMG said they will inform the public once a full investigation is complete! So until then every1 stop speculating js calm down! Jeez!

  • Winsome - 2011-11-20 20:10

    I don't think team building and office parties are good things when drink is involved, this isn't the first incident of its kind - wasn't there another one a while ago involving a sporting personality? People's tongues run away with them and they say things they normally wouldn't say.

      Niekie - 2011-11-21 06:26

      As are you refilwe, as are you!

  • Jacqui - 2011-11-20 22:17

    I'd like to charter an accountant and sail the wide accountancy............

  • Morgainne - 2011-11-21 02:14

    I keep reading here that the charted account spheres of jobs are dominated by the white minority. Bla Bla Bla. Let me tell you something, it is not dominated by the white minority because, 'white fascists control the economy,' or whatever, it is because whoever gets the job DESERVES it because they have worked themselves sick to get their degree and then career. I am currently in varsity and I have a friend who studied accounting and she was chained to her desk working herself to the grave. She deserves the job. Those who deserve the job are entitled to get it. Those who simply get the job because of colour, that is unfair. And that is the colour bar all over again.

      Johannes - 2011-11-21 07:11

      ...and your point is what? your bit of waffle has exactly what bearing on what has happened here?

      cecil.mahlaba - 2011-11-21 08:13

      Morgainee in a perfect world you'd be perfectly right. But i'm afraid you wrong on this one. Read more, engage more, and perhaps if you were black your eyes would have opened up differently. In a profession like accountancy 9 out of 10 employees are white. from that 9 only 5 get appointed on merit. the remaining 4 are taking the space of other non-white talented people. thank you

      Randy Mongatane - 2011-11-21 08:57

      Interesting point u making there, by interesting I mean it contains both elements of truth and perhaps a bit of (how do I put this politely) IGNORANCE! Ur inference is that blacks are lazy (cough,cough)! Is that what u saying? Cause that's what it sounds to me! Anyway I may be wrong,maybe I was lazy to read the whole thing! But ya, thing is neh, the domination wasn't just a matter of working hard, if u look back to the History of both SA n the profession u really would be ashamed of this comment u made, yes its also abwt working hard n guess what? This profession was only given to SAICA accredited varsities which unfortunately in the past were only the previously white dominant (if not exclusive) now hw do u expect blacks to dominate? Previously disadvantaged universities have come a LONG way tryin to get ppl into the CA thing, Fort Hare only got accreditation a couple of years ago, University of Limpopo got accreditation about a month ago meaning the exposure of black SA to the CA(SA) profession is only increasing now and will improve the stats n hopefully dispel the myth that certain races are lazy hence they can't qualify.

  • Mac - 2011-11-21 06:49

    mommy he call ed me a....... so what? I was taught what doesn't kill you makes you strong. Everybody has a moment, and when it comes it is usually good, stop crying and wait for your moment and then bask in it's glory. But damn guys lets stop running to mommy with everything

      cecil.mahlaba - 2011-11-21 08:07

      @Mac. You seem old enough to be an adult. but sadly your thinking is that of a spoiled selfish child. If you thought black's respect for you was a sign that we are scared of you THEN YOU ARE A FOOL. We don't need people like you in this country. YOU CAN GO BACK TO EUROPE NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO STAY.

  • Johannes - 2011-11-21 07:09

    Yes, and it is perfectly OK for highly educated auditors to get pi$$ed and have a bar brawl at an indoor cricket facility. I am white and I hope that the white guys who attacked and insulted the black guy get fired. It comes down to the white guys bullying the black dude. These people are professionals who are supposed to be colleagues. Another thing, it was a company function therefore they were representing their company, which makes it even worse. If those whites have such a k_k attitude towards their colleague, imagine what a k_k attitude they must have towards their clients. And for those whites on this list who carry on about farmers getting killed and blacks being sensitive - grow up dumba$$e$ what would you do if your professional colleague called you a "Dumb F_CK AWB boer d00$" (Oh forgive me, it can't happen, OK then, if you panel beater buddy called you a "Dumb F_CK AWB boer d00$") I'm sure you would just turn the other cheek and say “Oh my, I am not sensitive because I am not black therefore I do not take offense” - Yeah right – morons!

      Johannes - 2011-11-21 08:16

      Ag ou Leon, try to speak coherently, I know its hard when you have an icecream stuck to your forehead and you keep slapping yourself in the face, but for G_D man, try!

  • cecil.mahlaba - 2011-11-21 07:56

    If it was a black person assaulting a white person the general perception (by whites)would be that blacks are "dangerous and uncivilized". How many black victims have we had who suffered discrimination at the hands of whites (mostly boers). I know there are two sides to a story but why am I not surprised. I'm gatvol of these people who demand respect without even giving it. We should engage with the ANCYL and mobilize a common attitude towards towards such nonsense. This is when expropriation of our land which they so greedily and ungratefully enjoy should be promulgated. We have given them too much respect. I'm speaking from a very personal experience. And a word of advice to the "loving/caring white people" - don't keep quiet when one of you robs one of us his/her dignity. make an effort to speak out loud against your prodigal own. That way we know where you really stand.

      Johannes - 2011-11-21 08:13

      Don't be an idiot - going to the other extreme doesn't solve anything either. The particular incident must be dealt with and nothing more. if you think that expropriating land or supporting the "ANC League of stupid mindless youths" will solve anything then you are just as stupid as the white that insulted the black.

  • Bazzpete - 2011-11-21 08:23

    As insulting and degrading the "K" word is to the Blacks of this country, I'm afraid it has been ingrained in the white vocubulary and will take years to eradicate (if ever as there will always be a rascist element in every society). I don't believe I am rascist but I have to admit I have used it as I have aimed it at a taxi driver as I really have to be miffed to use it! At the risk of being ripped apart on this forum: Am I rascist or can I be excused because it is said in a fit of anger? Not condoning what happened but booze and anger are a nasty mix!!

  • pages:
  • 1