Taxi road rage video a YouTube hit
Jana van der Merwe and Estée de Villiers, Volksblad
Bloemfontein - CCTV footage of a Bloemfontein minibus taxi driver driving into and then cruelly assaulting a pedestrian in a road rage incident in Andries Pretorius Street has attracted international attention after going viral on the internet.
Minibus taxi driver Aggrey Mojanaga, 43, appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on a charge of assault on Monday, but the charge was provisionally withdrawn by the Free State director of public prosecutions due to a lack of evidence. The case may be reopened.
Volksblad has meanwhile removed the footage from YouTube at the request of Stanley Reizis, owner of the Brent Oil fuel station whose security cameras recorded the incident last week.
Reizis, a well-known businessman and developer, received calls from as far as Greece about the incident, and insists that the road rage attack had nothing to do with his fuel station. It took place in the road in which his business is situated, and the name of his business can be seen in the video.
A Canadian, however, made a copy of the original video uploaded by Volksblad and posted it under the title "Brutal Road Rage Caught on CCTV in South Africa" on the video sharing site.
By Thursday morning, nearly 90 000 people had already viewed the video on YouTube.
The video has been posted on several national and international websites and has been discussed widely on radio stations, television and social media sites such as Twitter.
The American website Guyism also put the video in their humour section, saying that hopefully South Africa has anger management classes. Even Japanese and Dutch sites spread the video footage.
There has also been widespread outrage at the witnesses, who stood watching and failed to intervene in the incident. The victim was reportedly hospitalised, but has been discharged.
Police said the investigation into the driver of the taxi with the registration number DHK506FS would continue.
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