Workers flee racist rampage

2012-04-18 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man is in trouble after allegedly firing at workers with a paintball gun after hurling racial abuse at them.

The workers had been busy with tiling work on a property in Oak Park when the incident happened on Sunday afternoon.

He is believed to be from the property next door.

“When he approached us, he swore at us and told us we were making a noise,” Thabiso Mosebo (30), one of the victims, told The Witness.

“He then started calling us ‘f***ing monkeys and baboons’.

“He disappeared for a while, and came out carrying what looked like a gun, which is when we scattered and hid inside our employer’s home,” said Mosebo.

He said that after they had been fired at, they discovered that the man had been using a paintball rifle.

Mosebo said they contacted their employer and the police.

“When the police arrived, they advised our boss we should take this matter further and lay a charge, which we did on the same day.”

A case was opened at the Town Hill police station.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed that charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, intimidation, crimen injuria and malicious damage to property had been laid.

“Police are investigating the incident,” said Jeevan, adding that the man had yet to be arrested.

It is understood the attacker may be away.

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