Go-kart bumping results in assaults

2015-09-03 06:00
Eric Narainsamy son’s injured ear, which he says, was the result of the assault.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Eric Narainsamy son’s injured ear, which he says, was the result of the assault.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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A DURBAN family on holiday on the South Coast claim they were attacked by workers from Kart Freaks on 18 July.

The family said the attack changed their mind about South Coast residents and business owners.

Eric Narainsamy says his family decided to go go-karting and while on the karts, one of workers allegedly manhandled his son.

“My sons and I were racing on the go-karts when suddenly a staff member stopped the karts before time.”

This is when a fight broke out said Narainsamy.

“My elder son asked the man why he had stopped the karts while they are still racing. The worker grabbed him out of it and told him that he won’t put the karts back on,” said Narainsamy.

Narainsamy said this led to the Kart Freaks worker assaulting his son with a hammer and spanners.

Kart Freaks owner Bart Koekemoer said he confirms the incident, but disagrees that the visitors were attacked. Koekemoer says Nariansamy and his family were under the influence of alcohol and failed to adhere to the rules.

“The rules are explained to customers before they get onto the track and the rule that Nariansamy and his sons broke is that no bumping into each other while racing is allowed.”

Koekemoer said the family failed to comply with the rules resulting in the worker switching off the karts after warning them about the “no bumping” rule.

Koekemoer was not present at the time of the incident, but was called to the track when Narainsamy and his family started assaulting two of his staff.

Police officers were called to the scene to calm the situation.

Nariansamy alleges when Koekemoer arrived he seemed intoxicated and started pulling the race card on them.

“The owner stared swearing at us, calling us names. He even locked the gates while his staff assaulted us,” said Narainsamy.

Koekermoer disagreed and said he has been running this business for a while and most of the people who use come to ride are Indian.

Koekermoer said Narainsamy family started the assault when they attacked his worker with helmets, and the worker fought back. He said he does not consume alcohol therefore he does not know Narainsamy alleges he was intoxicated. Koekemoer has video footage of the incident he says.

Koekermoer says the police officers who came to the scene allegedly sided with the family as they threatened the staff member that if he opens a case he will get arrested.

Police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka confirmed the incident. No one was arrested

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