Man claims racist abuse in parking lot altercation

2018-11-22 06:02
Mark says damages made to his car amount to R7 000.PHOTO: omega ngema

Mark says damages made to his car amount to R7 000.PHOTO: omega ngema

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A SOUTH Coast resident submitted a video to News24 and laid charges with Margate SAPS after allegedly having racist slurs hurled at him at the Margate Shopping Centre last week.

The 29-year-old Indian man, who has been identified as Warren Mark, claims that a white man from Johannesburg, recorded in an altercation with him, called him by a racist name used to refer to people of Indian descent after he (Mark) accidentally bumped the suspect’s wife while reversing his car in the parking lot.

In an exclusive interview with the Fever, Mark confirmed that the man shouted racial slurs at him on three occasions.

“My car has sensors, I doubt I even touched the wife, moreover there is an eyewitness that verifies that the man banged the back of my car before I could even touch the wife,” said Mark.

Mark said the man then continued to insult and racially abuse him nonetheless. Also, when Mark told him he had informed the police, the man allegedly keyed his car, causing an alleged R7 000 worth of damages to it.

The video footage submitted to News24 was published on the news site earlier this week without the racial slurs so as to prevent the reproduction and perpetuation of racism. The Fever is also in possession of the uncensored video but has chosen not to publish it. Mark said he noticed with concern the response from the local community after the censored video was published on a local Facebook page.

“I was very concerned by the negative response from fellow South Coast residents with some questioning the gravity or the validity of the incident.

“If racism can be condoned by even our own people of colour, then I am very worried about the future of this country in getting rid of the scourge of racism from the previous regime,” said Mark.

He has opened a case with the Margate SAPS as well as laid a complaint with the South African Human Rights commission.

“I will not let this go. If we let people like him get away with being racist then we will never put an end to it. He had the audacity to say it so blatantly in front of a large crowd,” said Mark.

Local police confirmed the incident.

“It is alleged that a 29-year-old man was reversing when he accidentally bumped a female who was behind his car. He further alleges that he stopped the car to check if the female was hurt when her husband started to attack him verbally and also kicked and punched his car, causing some damage to it,” said Port Shepstone SAPS spokesperson Captain Petros Mpinge.

Margate detectives are investigating a case of malicious damage to property and crimen injuria.

Police said the suspects laid a counter charge of reckless and negligent driving. Several attempts to reach the suspect on his cellphone were unsuccessful at the time of going to print.

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