Cyclist assaulted by diplomatic motorcade

2013-05-13 15:27


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Cape Town - A video clip has been posted to YouTube showing a Pretoria cyclist being manhandled in a roadside scuffle, apparently by a diplomat's security guards.

Cyclist Hein van der Merwe explained to eNCA how a black Mercedes Benz failed to come to a halt at a stop on Roper Street in Pretoria on 8 May 2013, and proceeded to cut in front of him.

"In my attempt to get the driver's attention by cycling next to the driver’s side door/window repeatedly shouting and in a final attempt to get his attention, hitting down twice on his side wing mirror, the vehicle deliberately tried to run me over by swerving into me," he told eNCA.

A scuffle ensued whereby one of the diplomatic aides pinned Van der Merwe to the ground and threatened him.


A pupil at the scene filmed the entire incident.

Van der Merwe told eNCA that the diplomatic police who arrived at the scene were unhelpful.

“The diplomatic police on scene told me to delete photos and videos I took of the diplomat. The police also [began] intimidating the school child who took the video.”

As yet it is unclear who the diplomat is and to which country the diplomatic motorcade belongs.

Van der Merwe tried to open a case at the Brooklyn police station but was referred to the police headquarters as the case involved diplomatic police as well as foreign diplomats.

According to 2 Oceans Vibe, diplomats in the country enjoy diplomatic immunity, which shields them from criminal charges in their host country, although they could face internal charges or embassy disciplinary processes.

Spokesperson for the Brooklyn police station, Captain Colette Weilbach, could not confirm whether or not Van der Merwe tried to make a case.

“Mr Van der Merwe has the right to lodge a formal complaint against the police who allegedly did not assist him in opening a case,” she told News24.

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