Bikers in alleged racial attack caught on camera

2014-12-02 20:55
(Screen shot via YouTube: Mail & Guardian)

(Screen shot via YouTube: Mail & Guardian)

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Johannesburg – A group of white bikers have been caught on camera allegedly physically assaulting a black petrol attendant in what appears to be a racially-fuelled assault, according to reports.

The Mail & Guardian reported that an Engen petrol attendant in Del Judor, Witbank, said the altercation between him and the white bikers had started at the petrol pumps after he asked them to move away from the pump because they were smoking.

After asking them to move their bikes to another petrol pump the customers got angry and allegedly called the attendant “a kaffir and a monkey”.

eNCA said the victim of the attack was doing OK and was back at work the next day.

Garage manager Dries Marx told the news channel that the attack took place in the early hours of Saturday morning.

According to the Mail & Guardian the altercation moved inside, when the attendant was pulled ins to the shop by a co-worker and the bikers, who had called their friends, followed.

In the video from the shop’s security camera about six men can be seen attacking the attendant behind the shop’s counter.

After finger pointing and an exchange of words the group corner the man and can be seen assaulting him. One was even able to mount the counter in order to get closer to the attendant.

The attendant’s co-workers are also seen trying to assist him before they drag him outside the shop.

The fight continued outside before police intervened.

More racist attacks

In November Western Cape police investigated an incident of assault at an upmarket shopping centre in Green Point, a confrontation caused by racist remarks from one person to another.

The assault took place at an ATM in Cape Quarter. Two white men, who were apparently inebriated, had been taking too long withdrawing cash from the ATM, a witness has told SA Daily News.

When asked by another customer to hurry up, the men at the ATM turned and said “you dirty black kaffirs...”

A cellphone clip of the incident then shows one of the white men rearing for a fight and promising the black man he will “fuck you up”.

The black man then knocks the white man to the ground and pins him down with his foot. The black man then shouts repeatedly “who’s a black kaffir hey”.

A woman who says she witnessed the entire incident told blog Life is Savage that the drunk men were insulting women too.

She said after he was attacked, the man was helped up by a security guard who he later called “useless and worthless and probably only earns R4 000 per month”.

In the same month police in the suburb of Claremont, also in Cape Town, also investigated a case of assault after a young man was beaten with a sjambok in broad daylight by a man who accused him of breaking into his white BMW X5.

Muhammed Makungwa, 22, was late for his job as a gardener and was running from Palmyra Road, Claremont, to his workplace in Mayfield Avenue, Rondebosch, reports the Cape Times.

Makungwa was left with a deep gash on his shoulder and a deep head wound. He said his attacker was a white man who looked like he was in his 50s.

The incident mirrors a previous one in the nearby neighbourhood of Kenilworth when 41-year-old Tim Osrin beat up Cynthia Joni.

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