'This is not about racism' – Cape Town driver who filmed foul-mouthed road rage video

2017-09-07 10:00
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A man who filmed a violent road rage incident between himself and another driver says he has realised that racism was not at the root of the other driver’s aggression.

“The gentleman apparently has an issue with rage,” Egan Vorster (26), a business owner from Paarl, told YOU.

“This is not the first time he has been involved in something like this. It was not a racial attack. I only realised that after I’d had some time to think.”

Egan shared a video of the man assaulting him on the roadside on Facebook Monday, where it has since garnered over 800 000 views.

“Racism… Well friends, today I had the personal experience of being assaulted by a man,” Egan initially captioned the clip and several photos.

In the clip, the man berates him and brandishes a large wooden stick from outside Egan’s window.

Eventually, Egan can be heard saying in Afrikaans: “You’re now on Facebook Live, smile for us.”

The man shouts, “Who said you could take a photo of me?” and jabs Egan in the face with the stick.

The man then walks away, and Egan shouts after him: “You’re going to jail, sir.”

The man gets back into his car, then suddenly jumps out again and rushes at Egan, at which point the video cuts out.

Egan explained that when the video went dead it was because the man had tried pull him out of the car, forcing him to drop his phone.

“But I managed to get the car going and drive away.”

After posting the clip, Egan says the response has been overwhelming. Not only did they find the man – one of his friends actually phoned Egan.

“They said he’s extremely remorseful and he wants to meet with me today,” Egan explained. “His church is even involved.”

Egan has already opened a case of assault with the police station, but he says he wants to “hear him out.”

“I don’t know if he’s genuine. If he’s genuinely sorry, or he’s just sorry that he got caught. But I want to hear him out. I mean, the guy has kids.”

“To an extent, we both had our weapons. He had his stick, I had my phone.”

- You can watch the video here. Please be advised it contains extremely strong language, and may be upsetting for some viewers.

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