Soldier in Cape Town court for attacking gardener

2014-11-13 10:46

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Cape Town - An SANDF soldier is the man who was arrested for attacking a Malawian man he mistakenly thought was a robber in Cape Town.

Jan van Tonder is due to appear in court on Thursday on charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and crimen injuria for allegedly attacking 22-year-old Muhammed Makungwa, the Cape Times reported.

Van Tonder also faces a further charge of defeating the ends of justice because he did not hand himself into police after a public appeal was made to find Makungwa’s attacker.

A photograph in the police docket shows Van Tonder in full military uniform after his arrest.

He was arrested on Tuesday after Makungwa’s attack on Sunday morning.

Makungwa, who works as a gardener in Rondebosch, was running through Claremont on Sunday morning because he was late for his job, he says.

He told the Weekend Argus that a man in a white BMW tried to run him over and then jumped out of the car and beat him with a sjambok.

The man said his car had been broken into and saw Makungwa and allegedly assumed he was the robber.

The incident comes just over a month after Tim Osrin, a resident of Kenilworth, also in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, attacked Cynthia Joni, a woman he had mistakenly thought was a sex worker.

A woman who is a sex worker in Kenilworth later told the Weekend Argus that Osrin had also attacked her and told her to “get out of his street”.

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