‘Generations’ star bust beating BP man on CCTV

2008-09-16 00:00

Pretoria — An actor in the popular soap opera Generations and his lawyer were caught on closed-circuit TV when they allegedly beat up two petrol attendants and nearly abducted one.

Sokhulu Mthiyana, who plays Kabelo, a sly drug dealer, was reportedly drunk when he stopped at the BP petrol station in Pretoria to put in petrol for R200. Petrol attendant Alfred Mokabane (23) served him, took the R200 and paid it to the cashier inside the shop.

Mthiyana then allegedly came into the shop, saying the needle on his car’s fuel gauge had not moved and demanded his money back.

“I gave him a receipt showing the time to prove that I had put in the petrol, but he said it was a falsified receipt and that I was trying to cheat him,” Mokabane said.

Emmanuel Baloyi, also a petrol attendant, said he tried to convince the actor that they had indeed put in the correct amount of fuel.

“I tried to show him on the computer, but he argued with me and then slapped me on the head,” he said.

The actor then allegedly turned on Mokabane, assaulting him. Baloyi came from behind the till to help his colleague. “The actor then grabbed me and started beating me up. His friends, a man [said to be Mthiyana’s lawyer] and a woman, also came into the shop.”

Mokabane said the lawyer also assaulted him, whereupon he ran into a room and locked the door.

Baloyi said Mthiyana then attacked him. “The other guy [the lawyer] punched me in the mouth and Mthiyana also hit me. We then started wrestling.”

The actor pushed Baloyi from the shop, while holding on to him with both hands. “He said he was going to put me in his car and drive away with me,” Baloyi said.

Mthiyana tried to force him into the car, but Baloyi resisted. That was when Mthiyana punched him on the mouth, he said.

“I fell and while I was down, he kicked me. I then jumped up and ran into the shop,” Baloyi said.

The fuel attendants called their security company. This may have created the impression that they were calling the police, because the actor, his lawyer and the woman jumped into their car and sped away.

Darren van den Berg, the manager of the petrol station, said they have laid a charge against the actor and his male friend with the Brooklyn police.

“It’s pathetic. We realise people are angry because petrol is so expensive, but they can’t just come and attack the petrol attendants,” he said.

A Carlin at Contractors, Mthiyana’s agency, said the actor’s lawyer was handling the situation.

Generations spokeswoman Constance Mokhoantle said she could not comment on Mthiyana’s actions because he was no longer part of their team. “Although he still appears on television, his character has already been written out of the script,” she said. The police could not confirm the incident.

•Watch the CCTV footage on Beeld.com.

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