Arrest after alleged racist golf club attack

2013-01-15 13:08

Cape Town - An arrest has been made following an apparent racist attack on an instructor at a golf club in Woodmead, north of Johannesburg.

In a statement on their website, the World of Golf said 60-year-old golf instructor Nathan Maluleke was in a serious but stable condition at Sunninghill Hospital after being attacked with a golf club.

“The incident started over racial abuse and regrettably escalated into a full on fight, in which Nathan was severely beaten,” World of Golf said.

Maluleke’s wife, Busi, told the Sowetan: "I had come to pick up my husband from work. I had just arrived and had pulled over in the parking lot.

"As I was getting out of the car for my husband to drive us, we noticed a group that was making a lot of noise, using vulgar language and the K-word was also right up there being used repeatedly."

She said after her husband put his golf bag in the boot, he approached the woman walking behind two young men in the group.

"My husband went there to ask her to tone it down as the language being used was not good for the integrity of the place and was generally offensive," she said.

‘Man admitted to assault’

As he was speaking to the woman, one of the two men turned back and started attacking Maluleke.

"A scuffle broke out, with other patrons trying to intervene. I did not see what happened but all of a sudden Nathan was on the ground bleeding after being hit over the head with a golf club.

"The woman's husband admitted to have continued hitting him and punching him as he showed off his hands to other people," she said.

World of Golf said the family involved are not members but Maluleke’s wife said the owner of the facility “seems to know [them] very well” and tried to convince her not to open a case.

However, in its statement, World of Golf said they were conducting an internal investigation “and will support Nathan in taking all necessary legal steps to ensure justice is done”.

The group said it “deeply abhors the incident” and doesn’t tolerate racism of any nature.

  • john.silver.3572846 - 2013-01-15 13:18

    What was that about finding out about someones true character in 1 round of golf? Hope Nathan has full recovery and these clutch-plates get the full treatment from the courts.

      richard.hipkin - 2013-01-16 13:41

      @gift, they cannot by law release the names until they plead in a court of law..

      attie.mostert.9 - 2013-01-16 14:57

      @Gift, would that make your life better? silly silly. Why would you assume this is a white person that is not the only way it would be racism. Can see your mind is in the gutter!!!!!!!! These stupid ppl will get what they deserve!!!! Rot in jail!!!!

      semonatenate - 2013-01-16 19:47

      They really know their targets aren't they, like these mambojambos attacking elderly farmers. Why don't they try me? I would swallow their bollocks for delicacy.

      jmlongwe - 2013-01-16 20:30

      He's an angry bastard, simple, he probably acts like that wherever he goes, racist or not, likes pushing people. Bullies have no space in my heart, lock him for years maybe he'll learn a lesson the hard way his father never taught him.

      doug.evans.56863 - 2013-01-17 08:07

      well done gift ... you have just admitted to being racist too ! LOL @ gift

  • adriaan.pieterse - 2013-01-15 13:19

    What a bunch of savages, hope they rot in jail.

      msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-15 13:48

      I see four of them gave you thumbs down.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-16 07:38

      @msika, their families must have thumbed down also because now there are much more.

      neil.lovegrove - 2013-01-17 07:08

      why would any right-minded person thumbs-down this comment? What the hell is wrong with people man?

  • gareth.jones.7771 - 2013-01-15 13:20

    Charge him with attempted murder. This is just sick!

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-01-15 13:21

    Die vark wat hom geslaan en gevloek het moet vervolg word!

  • barry.walker.7568 - 2013-01-15 13:22

    Absolutely disgusting!! People like this deserve to be behind bars, they are clearly not fit to take up a place in society!

      leroy.reynolds.353 - 2013-01-15 14:42

      unfortunatly money talk and makes friends

      poplap.mozes - 2013-01-16 11:08

      I agree a 100%

  • barry.walker.7568 - 2013-01-15 13:24

    Absolutely disgusting... People like this deserve to be behind bars as they are clearly not fit to take up a place in society!

  • tobie.vangreunen - 2013-01-15 13:24

    I agree this is totally wrong and they should be punished for what they did, and I hope everyone who agrees also posted the exact same thing about the black guy who kicked the garage owner in the face and broke her nose.

      jj.jeno.1 - 2013-01-15 13:34

      Let's not make this a comparison...both these incidents need to be strongly condemned!!

  • brian.dureuck - 2013-01-15 13:25

    why does news24 report on this? yesterday a 72 year white old man was hit with pangas in JHB - nothing was stolen ... why doesn't news24 report these attacks??

      diran.pillay - 2013-01-15 14:57

      What a lie,you a joke

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-15 16:24

      We get plenty of reports of black on white crime - only difference is they never say it was racially motivated. I believe it often is.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-16 07:41

      N24 will probably report a case like this as a shave accident....

      LPmtc - 2013-01-16 16:52

      Funny thing the article even said there were racist rants being thrown around before the attack..but you still adamant on the fact that it was a racial attack!!'s amazing how naive you are!!

  • Gareth Deeble - 2013-01-15 13:25

    Bastards like these keep fueling the fire that well eventually ruin this country for south africans or all race

      marjorie.mahlangu - 2013-01-17 16:24

      You can say again, we have come a long way , we don't need this, it shows that people are still angry.

  • chantal.lawrieross - 2013-01-15 13:25

    disgusting! this should NOT be happening in SA in 2013. Shame on them! Name, shame and arrest. Hope him and his wife recover from something like this happening. So ashamed to be South African at the moment with all these sorts of this ridiculous and unnecessary violent things happening.

  • mikey.scholtz.7 - 2013-01-15 13:26

    Why do idiots on both sides continue to fuel the racism fire, how will we ever grow as a nation and reconcile our differences with this kind of idiotic behaviour? Time to grow up people. On a point of interest The World of Golf is not a Golf Club, although memberships can be purchased it is a practice facility. Golf clubs tend to have strict rules of conduct and riff raff of this nature are discouraged.

  • trevor.mashilo - 2013-01-15 13:26

    Am tired of Racist Mfkers!

      Stephen - 2013-01-15 13:41

      Amen Trevor! Doesn't matter what colour they are, this must stop!

      OwenCPT - 2013-01-15 13:53

      Stupid people are the worst.

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-15 16:06

      As well.

      bush.catable - 2013-01-16 23:38

      Death penalty!

      bush.catable - 2013-01-16 23:38

      No time for scum.

  • talana.malherbe - 2013-01-15 13:26

    This is so disgusting! No place for racist pigs like this in SA! Lock him up and throw away the key! I hope a speedy recovery for the instructor.

  • sudika.harkhu - 2013-01-15 13:27

    It's sad to say, but some people enjoyed apartheid so much, they are still stuck there in 1969. DINOSAURS

      talana.malherbe - 2013-01-15 13:28

      Agree 100%

      msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-15 13:58

      For you and those of your species Mark there was less violence. But for some of us there was nothing to enjoy in those days. Violence in the township by police shooting, kicking and arresting people participating in peaceful protests was the order of the day.

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-15 15:51

      I must also say that there are different species within species, as well as different views and opinions. There are no more peaceful protests, and apartheid did not work well and that's long gone, now its bribery and corruption with violence (maybe that's the new communism). Racism is for arrogant people, but it can go as far as xenophobia, murder, etc. Sometimes you will see it how people get confused and when anything goes wrong they will blame the ANC, DA, education dept, but then the idea for some unknown reason turns to racism, why? I personally think that this person should be charged and acts like this must be discouraged everywhere, because I'm here for a good time, not a long time.

  • kyle.white.39750 - 2013-01-15 13:30

    Disgusting and embarrassing. Racist people black or white must go live on a boat in the atlantic.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-16 07:44

      A boat is too small. They must built a black suburb right next to Orania and then they can build a wall like what was in Germany to keep them seperated, and a wall around the entire fiasco to keep them all in with just a one way door in.

  • Sonnyjakes - 2013-01-15 13:31

    Sue him and big! "Gaan groot"

      jacques.jacobs.180 - 2013-01-15 16:59

      Forget about suing him, we're not Americans. Send him to jail where he will get what he deserves.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-16 07:45

      @jacques, you got way too much trust in our jail system.

      jacques.jacobs.180 - 2013-01-16 10:36

      @Johan I have plenty trust in the PRISONERS...

  • gary.bloom.967 - 2013-01-15 13:33

    No excuse for this behavior from any person regardless of race.

  • justin.sly.77 - 2013-01-15 13:33

    Wow, that is disgusting, the waste of space should be arrested and locked away for a very long time. My personal preference would be that once the the golf instructor heals, he gets free swinging practice on the barbarians testicles for a couple of months. The barbarians name should be made public so that everyone knows who this moron is!

  • Bishop Simon Ntlemo - 2013-01-15 13:34

    Criminals must face the full might of the law. I can't hate fellow white people because of sòme criminal elements who can't pick right from wrong. WHERE IS THE LOVE OF God? Amen

      OwenCPT - 2013-01-15 13:56

      And you sir, deserve a bells :) Stereotyping is so wrong, im glad you don't judge all by the stupid acts of the few.

      gary.hope1 - 2013-01-15 16:32

      thank you Bishop, we need to look past the race and see the humanity or lack thereof, simple as that!

  • johan.vonsolms - 2013-01-15 13:34

    When will we get rid of all the scum in this country!? Are these guys brain dead? Hope they get clubbed by the law!

  • brian.dureuck - 2013-01-15 13:34

    It is because of stories like this that this happens : (also news24 don't cover these kind of stories) FOTO is verwyder verwyder agv klagtes!... Oom Japie Truter (68) is vanoggend in sy huis in Allanridge aangeval deur 'n BARBAAR met 'n mes of 'n panga! Oom Japie is 'n goeie siel. Na sy aftrede het hy homself besig gehou deur die straatkinders van die dorp te voer en te help waar hy kan. SO is hy vandag vir sy werk beloon!!! Hy is verskeie steek en kapwonde toegedien en een steekwond in sy nek mag hom dalk lewenslank verlam laat! Hy is in intensiewe sorg op die oomblik! Sy aanvaller het by sy kombuisdeur ingestap, hom aangerand, hom vir dood gelaat en geloop sonder om 'n enkele item te steel. Die verdagte is reeds aan die polisie bekend en is blykbaar huidiglik uit op borg op 'n moordklag! Ons kan maar net bid dat Oom Japie hierdie aanval sal oorleef! Sx

      jj.jeno.1 - 2013-01-15 13:48

      Terence, below you say there are two sides to a story then you come with this nonsense? Firstly, they didn't mention the race of attackers in either story,secondly we (non-racist South Africans) should leave you racists to your own. You are unwanted...chop

      jj.jeno.1 - 2013-01-15 14:05

      I did read it you problem with you is preaching about two sides to a story below (which you claim to be one sided, which is fair enough) then go and condemn, what seems to me as black people, based on another one sided story. You are a hypocrite...

  • Stephen - 2013-01-15 13:39

    I hope they nail those idiots with the full weight of the law. SA doesn't need rascists of any colour!

      Stephen - 2013-01-15 13:47

      I'll assume one of the rascists put a thumbs down? Why not let us see who you are?

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-15 16:00

      I think they don't have the balls, spineless arrogance, like a loose cannon but different.

  • dominic.alexander.50 - 2013-01-15 13:42

    "Maluleke said, from the pieces of information she could gather, the family's anger was sparked by an employee who had mistakenly stepped on a pair of expensive sunglasses that belonged to one of the two boys". Really over a pair of sunglasses

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2013-01-15 13:42

    Hang the bastard!

  • philip.vde - 2013-01-15 13:45

    people , people .... this is all propaganda to get reactions out of people like the people with wild comments . If you were not there let a judge , judge

      richard.hipkin - 2013-01-16 13:44

      Sit down.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-15 13:45

    I thought golf was for the upper crust?. Apparently anyone capable of buying a bag of golf clubs and a ridiculous looking pair of trousers can now play. Things are disintegrating.

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-15 16:02

      Yes this sort of behavior does indeed lower the property value and gives golf a bad name.

  • OwenCPT - 2013-01-15 13:46

    I agree, name and shame the racist, hateful a$$holes!!! People like that need to eff off out of our country, we don't need them here.

  • philip.vde - 2013-01-15 13:49

    just like the beard fight it was called racist at the start to get people fired up and then came out it wasn't about race but about people disliking each other and have no tolerance for others . If you are black and I don't like you does that make me a racist , who is the one bringing color into things ?

      itumeleng.zungu.7 - 2013-01-15 13:58

      Even if you don't like me or I don't like you, its not necessary to bring up racial remarks. If we fight we have to fight as individuals not as people behind color barriers. There are people of color that I don't like and I don't call them racist names.

      Sphiwe Nzama - 2013-01-15 13:58

      i think you have a point there. many people misuse the word 'racist'. just because im white and you are black, doesnt mean i have to like you to avoid being called a racist. its not always about the colour.

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-15 14:20

      Philip.vde its like you are saying the Farm murders are just normal crime, not racial driven. No its nt, look at the anger and brutality shown in this incident. This cannot be just typical fight, its Pure Hate!! The culprit use the 'K-word' for godsake!! If you dnt like me and then use the K-word on me, thats Racist boet!

      diran.pillay - 2013-01-15 15:07

      Well they were using the k word,you still think they not racist?

  • Tawizee - 2013-01-15 13:49

    Racist attacks in 2013? Some people are still down there in the evolution path.

  • Deon - 2013-01-15 13:52

    Let us rather think of the Proteas and the soccer. Sport can heal us all (most of us anyway).

      brian.dureuck - 2013-01-15 14:01

      soccer? Bafana?? are you on TIK?

  • bheki.dladla.756 - 2013-01-15 13:52

    At this day and age some ppl still use the K-word, shame!!!! i hope they rot in jail coz clearly they are still stuk in the past. wish the otherguy a speedy recovery so he can see justice being done.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2013-01-15 13:54

    Ja nee. Now weer lekker common wit goed... Retarded. Ban them from the club/course.

  • ruben.maistry - 2013-01-15 14:00

    Ban the guilty for life. I would like to know his age. Coward, using a golf club to hit a 60 year old man.The owner has the audacity to ask for the charges to be droped. Decent goolfers should boycott the club.

  • fdalana - 2013-01-15 14:00

    live is too short for one to be taking racists seriously. but when it gets ugly,serious action must be taken.

  • philip.darne - 2013-01-15 14:03

    I believe most blacks have a huge chip on their shoulder? Get over it, we're constantly refered to as omlungus???that's ok? Maybe then things will improve. Always the race card, it just pisses me off big time.

      herman.letlalo - 2013-01-15 14:10

      umlungu is zulu for white man. There is nothing insulting about that.. Try learning your fellow south africans languages.

      marius.j.rensburg.3 - 2013-01-15 14:45

      Philip - 'umlungu' means 'white person'. No negative connotations whatsoever. Now go wash the egg off your face.

      henk63 - 2013-01-16 09:36

      Hey, I hate being called an umlungu! There is also a white word for a black man, but we may not use it. Why can they call us umlungus? As I have it, umlungu means "white scum drifting from the sea", is that not right? So don't expect whites to roll over and play dead while you throw your daily abuse.

      richard.hipkin - 2013-01-16 13:49

      No Henk, it does not mean white scum that drifts in from the sea... That is a myth. A black person can be called an uMlungu, it basically means "boss" which over time has become more of a colour definition = "white person".

      jmlongwe - 2013-01-16 20:43

      @henk, let me explain something. black people don't see ANYTHING wrong with calling you umlungu (a white man), why? because you're a white man. Similarly a white man can call black people "black" as long as their friends and know each other, why? because of history. Its a matter of what does he mean "black"?

  • ninetiethowl.ourvow - 2013-01-15 14:06

    Very suspicious report. Feels like some of the story's not being told. I've never seen a bunch of White youngsters walking around and using the 'k' word at random.

      herman.letlalo - 2013-01-15 14:08

      never? Where do you live?

      tshepo.lekote - 2013-01-15 14:19

      If u have a non-white friend take dem 2 a cricket match @ Wanderers.......

      emjay.mathabathe - 2013-01-17 10:24

      Do you live in South Africa Nine?

  • becky.jamieson1 - 2013-01-15 14:07

    This is absolutely disgusting! Will racism ever end in this country???

      richard.hipkin - 2013-01-16 13:50

      You mean the world... No. As long as there are people that are different you'll get discrimination in some form or another.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-17 07:35

      As Einstein said: if it is not discrimination based on skin colour, it will be on eye colour.

  • percy.dube.14 - 2013-01-15 14:08

    It just never ends , does it ?

  • bhekie2k - 2013-01-15 14:08 It means after punching him, he showed people his hand (the weapon)....get it?

  • khongelani.machumele - 2013-01-15 14:08

    Solitary confinement that's what those hooligans deserve.

      gary.hope1 - 2013-01-15 16:35

      no, this clutch plate should be put into general population and sorted out!!!!!!

  • maureenuys - 2013-01-15 14:09

    Sad- what has happened to our rainbow nation?

  • kavi.pillay.9 - 2013-01-15 14:11

    In the owners defence he is truly apologetic about the incident and is supporting his employee 100% as per the WoG Facebook page

  • taryn.faddell - 2013-01-15 14:12

    acting out on racisim is ridiculous !!

  • kevin.nicklin - 2013-01-15 14:15

    Sadly their behavior seems to be contagious. One racist act seems to generate more anger and hatred as can be seen in numerous comments here. Stand strong and don't let such behavior effect us and that is how we will control racism. One racist act by one person of a particular race does not mean that all other people of the same race are that way inclined. Please people, think and act logically.

      msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-15 15:10

      Thank you sir!

  • kavi.pillay.9 - 2013-01-15 14:16

    @Philip darne/vde. I hope your picture gets posted next to this family's picture along with everyone else who condones this behavior or doesn't doesn't condemn it. And Philip when the K-word is used it is racist.

  • 2deepblu - 2013-01-15 14:18


      Killbot79 - 2013-01-16 09:29

      Remove the morons from government as well you filthy racist pig.

  • melanie.reah - 2013-01-15 14:20

    Punish the offenders

  • andre.delange.77 - 2013-01-15 14:20

    It is so wrong but so are the killing of innocent people for the sake of a cell phone or a couple of rand also by some racists.

  • kabouter.kapot - 2013-01-15 14:24

    Disgusting. I hope the culprit gets charged with attempted murder. The owners should also be ashamed for trying to stop the couple from laying a charge. This is soooo scary.

  • Paul Van Schalkwyk - 2013-01-15 14:28

    dont let one retardical familly cause sh@t, its what you make of the whole malema shouted / said infront of thousands hellen zille is a cockroach....what now ...o ja...lets wait... nothing...ja nee