KZN police deny turning man away after road rage attack

2016-01-13 11:28
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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal police have denied claims that three Durban police stations turned a man away when he tried laying charges after his father became the victim of a road rage attack.

Faizal Parak told The Mercury newspaper in KwaZulu-Natal that he had gone to the Newlands, Greenwood Park, and Sydenham police stations trying to get a case number following the assault of his elderly father Ismail on Friday evening.

“It is not true that the family was sent to different police stations,” police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said.

Zwane said a docket was opened at the Syndenham police station an hour after the assault.

A motorist assaulted the 83-year-old man following a minor fender bender on Inanda Road. A 14-year-old relative was in the car, a Renault Megane, with him.

Ismail told the newspaper the driver of a Nissan bakkie overtook him when there was little room to do so. Soon after, the two vehicles collided and the Nissan driver started arguing and swearing at Ismail.

Ismail said after he stopped to take the man’s details and to check the car’s damage, the man punched him in the face. He passed out and woke up in hospital days later.  

Crisis Medical’s Kyle van Reenen told News24 he was one of the first medics on the scene and found Ismail heavily disoriented and with a head injury.

Van Reenen said the elderly man was so disorientated he "thought he was in Johannesburg".

Faizal said he had lost hope in the police when they said they could not take a statement from the teenager. The boy took down the suspect’s number plate and description of his vehicle.

Zwane said police could not accept the boy’s statement because there was no adult guardian present when he made it. It would be inadmissible as evidence in court, he said.

No arrests had been made, said Zwane.

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