‘Monster brawl’ at the mall

2010-01-19 00:00

PANDEMONIUM broke out at the Liberty Midlands Mall food court at about 7.30 pm on Saturday when two groups of young men got into a fight.

An eyewitness said he and his family were having supper at the Spur when the fight started at the food court’s seating area.

Chairs were pushed aside and the gangs — each with six people — started punching one another.

Members of the one gang rolled their belts around their fists so that the buckles were on the front and started hitting members of the other group, said the eyewitness.

“It was a monster brawl. One of the fighters shoved another fighter into the window of Mugg & Bean restaurant, but the window did not break,” he added.

“Young girls were screaming and I had to move my wife and children inside Spur as we were having supper in the outside section of the restaurant,” he said.

According to eyewitnesses, the fight moved towards the outside area of the food court, where it was broken up by security guards.

While the guards were separating the fighters, one man managed to slip away and landed a punch on a member of the rival gang.

The fight continued, moving towards the Woolworths end of the building, said the eyewitnesses.

The police could not confirm the incident, but centre manager Cassy Fourie said it did take place.

She said all 12 fighters were apprehended on the night and they have all been banned from entering the Liberty Midlands Mall.

Fourie said the mall has laid charges against the men for disturbing the public peace because it will not tolerate such behaviour on its premises.

“This is a family shopping environment and Liberty Midlands Mall will stop at nothing to ensure it stays this way,” said Fourie.


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