BMW driver 'slaps' marshal over R2.50

2012-09-07 22:20

Johannesburg - A BMW driver allegedly assaulted a Cape Town woman marshal when he refused to pay a R2.50 parking fee, the city said on Friday.

He swore at the woman, employed by the city's service provider, Street Parking Solutions, before slapping her in the face, mayoral committee member Brett Herron said in a statement.

"When he got out of his vehicle, the parking marshal informed him of his obligation to pay a R2.50 tariff as per the parking by-law."

The motorist in the white BMW refused, saying he was merely dropping something off.

"When he returned, the parking marshal once again showed him the parking meter reflecting the amount owing," Herron said.

"The motorist then proceeded to strike out, knocking the meter from the parking marshal’s hand and causing it to fall to the ground. The meter broke and the LCD screen was damaged.

"The motorist then swore at the marshal and violently shoved her, before slapping her across the face."

The driver had parked in Lower Long Street, in a short-stay bay, for 15 minutes.

Herron said the city had previously received numerous complaints about motorists who refused to pay for parking.

"The parking by-laws are very important because they regulate parking so that we don't have one vehicle parked there the whole day."

The woman was advised to lay charges.

Police were not aware of the case, spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said.

  • ssssimelane - 2012-09-07 22:51

    Just for a paltry E2.50? Surely, justice must take its cause and lessons must be dished out.

      sikelela.t.mahlalela - 2012-09-08 00:20

      some fools... Typical...

      JackTrend - 2012-09-08 04:08

      Some of us don't carry cash. That said, it takes a really horrid man to hit a woman.

      Nadia - 2012-09-08 09:25

      If you want to park, then you had better carry cash or be prepared for a bit of a stroll. Probably spent his last R2.50 on petrol!

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-09-08 09:28

      Somehow this doesn't ring true, until and unless the woman lays an assault charge against said driver, the possibility exists of this being made up to cover the fact she may have dropped her meter and didn't want to be charged for it by her bosses. No witnesses have come forward and one would think at least one persson would have seen this incident, bearing in mind it was in Long Street.

      alastair.grant.98 - 2012-09-08 18:17

      AFAIK this area is covered by closed circuit TV cameras. Should be interesting...

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-08 19:51

      What is the difference between a porcupine and a BMW driver? With a porcupine the prick is on the outside

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-09 01:09

      Ag no man this guy is a disgrace. For R2,50 he slaps a woman. His a pussy that most propably will never hit a man. Banggat.

      Alien42063 - 2012-09-09 12:41

      And in other news, a man with a samsung microwave cursed at a woman with levi jeans after her son who plays with LEGO......

  • jeanluc.stanic - 2012-09-07 23:06

    I normally give R5.00 to each parking attendant who looks after my car when I am out shopping ! Why couldn't the driver of a BMW give R2.50 to the municipal worker ?

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-09-08 08:56

      @Kevin - you are a troglodyte. Every car guard that I speak to comes from north of this oh-so-fine country. They're here because they think our streets are paved in gold. Poor them. They're out there come rain or shine. They're making a living and not running around murdering for money. All of them speak more than one language, a lot have college or university qualifications. Lazy SA citizens think the Government owes them a living (not vice versa like it should be) and that this type of work is too labour intensified to be contemplated. And, BMW drivers THINK they rule. Sadly, they don't.

      phillie.jansenvanvuuren - 2012-10-03 00:16

      Because he drives a bmw

  • andre.spies.94 - 2012-09-07 23:06

    Nothing else you could write about mr/ms journalist? And relevance of the car brand? :(

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-08 19:41

      @Kevin ~ WTF are you on about? No Audi driver is a wannabee Bring Mechanic With driver. Over my dead body would I drive a BMW. No thanks. I love my RS5.

      markmc83 - 2012-09-09 09:27

      I drive a BMW and I would never hit a woman or a parking attendant. I fail to see the relevance of the make of vehicle this belligerent sociopath was driving.

      markmc83 - 2012-09-09 11:08

      You never see an article such as "VW driver robs house" or "Opel driver stabs man"

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-09-07 23:08

    I think this is a made up story. parking fees are never less than R8.00, even for 1/2 hr which is the minimum charge.

  • chelsea.owens.771 - 2012-09-07 23:11

    This guy without a doubt smacks around his girlfriend/wife. What disgusting behaviour, the parking attendant has to press charges and the City of Cape Town needs to support her and ensure the matter is dealt with in an expedient manner and that adequate legal support is provided to her.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-08 05:37

      Agreed. The retard should be sent to jail for a year to cool off.

      angela.monaghansandells - 2012-09-08 07:32

      Agree with you Chelsea. Real men do now behave this way, only cowards.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-09-08 09:36

      So you know this man personally do you? You know for a fact this incident even happened? You know the parking attendant didn't make this story up to cover the fact she dropped the meter and doesn't want to pay for it? You know without doubt he beats up his partner. Must be nice to be a know all. Until this woman lays an assault charge, there is no basis to this story at all.

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-08 11:09

      I agree with your Rodney....Angela here above is clairvoyant she knows exactly what type of person you are and know all your personal flaws, she can deduce all this from a few lines written on this forum. She knows that you’re a woman beater that needs a hiding, she corrects your spelling as well and best her Hubby is 12 ft tall and beats people on command...... scared yet?

  • Kareema Hartley - 2012-09-08 00:33

    BMW not gonna like this. I can understand the drivers frustration, those meter maids harass you around every corner! It doesn't justify his behaviour but am I not paying enough to drive my car already!? now I'm being harassed for parking. smh.

  • sean.crookson - 2012-09-08 01:41

    Some of these marshals are well out of order, making up the time parked just to inflate charges. Often they finger your door and windows in case you flee. I suspect something happened that the parking person is not telling us.

  • vik.vm - 2012-09-08 01:46

    I would like to lay charges against the "journalist" who typed this anti-article (and the editor who allowed it... and even attached the BMW badge as an image ?!?!?!?!) as I'm a BMW driver too and do fill abused and assaulted. ...what does the make of the vehicle has to do with the cretins who weren't taught good manners from their parents and schools???

  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2012-09-08 02:01

    All the comments are justified BUT... you all fail to mention the most important fact..... There is NO excuse to slap a woman.... And for R2.50 Thats just Frikken wrong.......YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK.....

      russellblack.cowan - 2012-09-08 13:07


  • Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-09-08 02:34

    not sure what you do in Cape town, but here in Joburg before the Cape Toen based company got a contract to place humans on the street instead of parking meters, we use to pay R1 per hour to park. now we are forced to pay R8.50 per hour. before 100% of the fees went to the Municipality, now they get 15% of the fee. that equates to R1.27. wow, what an improvement. then the private company takes the rest and although i have no proof, i am sure they share it with some City official. so, moral of the story is. don't pay fees that go to corrupt officials / companies. the law may say that you need to pay, but it also says that stealing is a crime. ps. i do not agree with the manner the driver handled this and i do not advocate violence nor do i condone it.

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-08 03:24

      I never pay for parking as it is just another tax on an already overtaxed population - I say to them: "so give me a ticket/fine", which I have never paid either - it does help to live out in a rural area, where it is almost impossible to serve summons...

  • mmangaliso - 2012-09-08 05:32

    the problem is that most parkin marshal in Cape Town are nt South African and its difficult to pay a nonSouth African. The thing is the city of cape town is usin cheap labour so that those marshal cnt protest of higher income

      zaatheist - 2012-09-08 08:33

      Perhaps you are just too uneducated to get a proper job.

      rupert.magande - 2012-09-08 20:17

      @mmangaliso even if the parking attendants are not south africans ,does that give someone the right to assult them , what has nationality got to do with law enforcement sir . the city of cape town is using these foreigners becauese the local south africans dont want to do these kind of jobs they say they are humiliating , needless to say they dont mind robbing and murdering these foreignres at the end of the month when they get paid .

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-09-08 06:20

    The woman in question she must open a case of common assault with the police against the BMW driver. I think he is not even have the Lawyer to represent him on all these criminal case. (Damage to property) R2.50 is going to cost him hell lot of money where he will even failed to Pay his BMW installment.

      robqb - 2012-09-08 14:43

      Why charge him with common assault? I'd lay a charge of assault with intent to do grevious bodily harm. When he gets sentenced give him a pump.

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-09-08 06:20

    The woman in question she must open a case of common assault with the police against the BMW driver. I think he is not even have the Lawyer to represent him on all these criminal case. (Damage to property) R2.50 is going to cost him hell lot of money where he will even failed to Pay his BMW installment.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-08 06:26

    Really!! I didn't know you could still get something for R2,50 nowadays. Sue his pants off madam.

  • Babalo Mpande - 2012-09-08 07:31

    This has nothing to do with just has everythiing to do with Arrogance of the drivers on and off the road.This arrogant Bastard needs to be taught a lesson

  • dirk.cordier.1 - 2012-09-08 07:36

    The point is that what ever you drive, you don't have the right to turn to violence. This seems to be a common attitude in the world today. Sadly!

  • juvy.mankga - 2012-09-08 07:40

    what de hell was going thru dis drivers mind coz he was informed of the law. he must pay 4 that. thats disgusting hey!

  • peterthabo.mahlatji - 2012-09-08 07:42

    There is no question about it. What he does in public he does it even more in private. Now my question is: is this type of behaviour adopted or is it spontaneous? Physical assault just shows an individual's lack of reasoning capacity.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-09-08 08:01

    She can't lay a charge because she does not have the licence plate number. Why, because they don't actually ring up the "transaction".

  • annabel.simpson.10 - 2012-09-08 08:32

    What does the car have to do with anything, does it matter at all. If it was a taxi we would have heard nothing about this. News 24 needs to sort itself out

  • mocan.jack - 2012-09-08 08:36

    Who pockets the money?

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-09-08 11:01

      a private company 85% anf the council 15%

  • venn.cannon - 2012-09-08 08:37

    If I was BMW I would sue news 24, The car did nothing, the driver did. so what does the car have to do with it. for all we know the car was a 1985 316. Stop making inferences that create perceptions that simply are not true, I drive a BMW and have never struck a parking marshal.

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-09-08 11:04

      Venn, reading all these comments, i, or anyone else could now make the association that you, by admmiting that you drive aBMW, are the driver in question. i also cannot underst and the link between the make of car and the actions of an individual.

      cindy.dunn.9 - 2012-09-08 18:08

      Venn I agree my husband drives a bmw and he is such a gentleman on the roads he even moves out the way when a motorbike comes past. Most drivers of all vehicles never even see ppl on bikes

  • Robert Nelushi - 2012-09-08 08:39

    Whats BMW brand, logo and BMW car got to do with an alleged rude and violent man breaking the law and abusing the poor woman?

  • Robert Nelushi - 2012-09-08 08:52

    To news24: remove this story, send/ publish an apology for trying sensationalism in this whole set-up, for trying to undermine BMW the brand.

      jacques.stander - 2012-09-08 08:57

      I agree !!!

      rupert.magande - 2012-09-08 20:21

      sometime ago ther was a survey conducted and the results showed that BMW drivers are the most agressive and rude drivers on the road .

  • rebecca.robyn - 2012-09-08 09:14

    No excuses and who cares whether he drives a jalopy or a jaquar--he's an a**hole for even laying a hand on a person doing their job and a woman at that_all swagger and no manners-and who drops off something for 15 minutes?

  • dokmalan - 2012-09-08 09:24

    If they want to prevent cars from being parked the whole day, why do the charge for every 15 minutes? Surely, they can start charging you after an hour or two> That will at least give you a chance to drop something off without having to pay.

  • francois.esterhuizen.5 - 2012-09-08 09:43

    Why the emphasize on BMW??!! Would the story be written in the same way if it was any other car?? Seems like writer has an issue with BMW's rather that focus on the story itself.

  • cedjonkers - 2012-09-08 09:54

    This "BMW driver" doesn't want to pay a R2.50 for parking, I bet you he pays for parking at malls or other entertainment places, like Cape Quarters or V&A... Most of the time that costs more than R2.50. Assaulting the Marshal for doing her job, really not on! Totally uncalled for! Slap him with a hefty fine AND an assault charge...

  • francois.c.carstens - 2012-09-08 09:54

    We have rules and regulations in the Western Cape. If you don't like it, move to Gauteng!

      James Makarapa Kaplan - 2012-09-08 10:16

      Your "rules and regulations" really worked here didn't they?

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-08 13:44

      Francois, deal with your scumbags dude. Don't palm them off and make them someone else`s problem. We have more than enough scumbags to deal with in Gangsters` Paradise

  • Robert Nelushi - 2012-09-08 09:58

    The focus here is misdirected... at BMW. I thought the story was about the man assaulting the woman. To the journalist who wrote the story and his/her masters at News24: WHO SENT YOU?

  • TylerReeveHunter - 2012-09-08 10:08

    BMW Drivers, no further comment needed

  • Philip Spies - 2012-09-08 10:28

    I think the only reason BMW was mentioned is that it is a relatively expensive car, and the driver refused to pay R2.50. The writer also never mentions the race of either the driver or the marshall. Please stop trying to inflame the race issues needlessly. The fact remains that a so called man slapped a woman. Maybe they should let some real men "explain" the error of his ways to him. Real men don't hit women!

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-09-08 10:43

    He'a stupid white racist bullying a woman.

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-09-08 11:11

      there we go again with the race card. Bra, were you standing there looking at the incident, or are you a much better sangoma than what i am?

  • vanessa.govender.73 - 2012-09-08 10:48

    aaah he could have been driving a toyota... what difference does it make what he was driving. We should be offended that he hit a woman PERIOD>!!!!

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-09-08 11:01

      agreed, however if this was an article about a good samaritan driving a BMW -although I can't see it happening- would the make of the car then be relevant?

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-08 11:20

      Shoosh So you have an opinion other that trying to correct my writing skills

  • brigitte.e.smit - 2012-09-08 11:28

    One thing is for sure, he probably also got fed up. These parking marshalls are NEVER in sight when you're looking for them. God forbid, just don't start the car! Then they appear fast! They ruuuuuuuuuuuuuun a 100m sprint like Usain Bolt even can't run, for 75c! 75c for what? Extra money to get stolen through corruption? Don't get me wrong, I don't say that hitting her was right...but there's always two sides to a story.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-08 13:24

      The other side of the story is possibly that the BMW driver cannot afford the car he bought, let alone a pittance of R2.50 to pay for parking. Whatever the other side of the story, there is no justification for hitng a parking attendant, especially a woman. I hope there were cameras so that that moron can be identified, arrested and sent to jail. Criminals like him should not be walking the streets, let alone drive

  • Archie22is - 2012-09-08 13:34

    What a douche!!!

  • jacqui.millin - 2012-09-08 16:02

    BMW drivers when they highjack and kill you its Karma catching up! Some of the comments just not on! @robqb yes your ancestors did slaughter my ancestors better watch you back! Karma is a bitch!

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-09-08 16:08

    Q: How many BMW car salesmen does it take to change your light bulb? A: It depends on your credit, current lease terms, and willingness to take a balloon payment!

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-09-08 16:17

    A blonde pushes her BMW into a gas station. She tells the mechanic it died. After he works on it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly. She says, "What's the story?" He replies, "Just crap in the carburetor" She asks, "How often do I have to do that?"

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-08 19:49

      LOL great joke but Jooohoo Ken you like living dangerously there is quite few feminists with no sense of humour at all commenting on this report.

  • vincentdodo - 2012-09-08 17:49

    BankrotMaarWindgat. I think we all losing the essence of the story.It is unacceptable for any man to slap a women, irrespective of what POS he drives.\r\n@Kareema, where were you when they handed out commom sense? Clearly absent.\r\n@Sarel,go back to you village,they missing an idiot.\r\n@ William,calling you an idiot would be an insult to stupid people.

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-08 18:30

      Ummm another intellectual giant, hey isn't the dodo extinct? Its a Miracle!! we have rediscover a dead bird! a Dodo, Hey Bru we should put you on TV.... South Africa's funniest animals or 7de Laan or 50/50 you can lay an egg for us, Me and William will sponsor the TV in your village so your Gogo Dodo can see you op out that egg.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-08 18:28

    Who said that the women must be respected only in august?

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-08 19:49

    @Sarel Brits and Willem Botha ~ My goodness what sad little males you are. Note the emphasis on the word 'little' and 'males'. So many males and so few men. Shame on both of you. Sies!

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-08 20:11

      William Looks like the true intellectuals giants come out at night, Irene.....No really we \well me anyway\ are quite happy?I get to spend my Saturday evening in the company of the likes of you \GREAT HONOR\ I guess when you say so few men you are referring to your own situation I bet your probably wife no 26 of some Zulu prince. The buthelezi's are royalty are they not? any family of Mangosutho is welcome in our humble circle. As for the size of my u know what I would rather not discus as there are some lady's Mooooing on this forum thats all ready worked up about it.

  • phillip.havenga - 2012-09-08 21:10

    While I don't agree on the assault, these parking marshals are thieving swine, they make you pay twice as much as is necessary in many cases and often refuse to give receipts.

  • Bfoq.Za - 2012-09-08 23:00

    Shame, the payments on this car is so high that this neanderthal can not afford either manners, respect or parking fees... Or is it just because he drives a Beemer?

  • pgibbings1 - 2012-09-09 09:04

    This oke is an idiot and a coward... but with that said, i understand the frustration. If this is such an important by law to ensure people don't park for the whole day, then why charge someone to park there for 15 mins? I once pulled into a parking bay in JHB cbd, for 2 minutes, and when I wanted to leave, the marshall came with his meter saying i owe R4. I didn't even get out of the car or turn the engine off.

  • elsen.lucas - 2012-09-09 09:15

    For goodness sake South Africans! The point is- Everyone of us must pay our parking fees!!! In my eyes that driver of that car is so common, he should be hiding himself! Slapping a woman is so low class!!

  • julie.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-09-09 09:38

    Why mention the make of the vehicle, it could have been ANY vehicle!

  • charlotte.vandongen.3 - 2012-09-09 11:39

    LOL!!! why try and turn this into a political issue? It is plain and simple.... BMW DRIVER!!! they get the gold medal for Road Hogs, by far the most arrogant drivers on the roads in RSA. Why keep to the rules, the roads belongs to them!!!!

  • Slash0x - 2012-09-09 14:41

    I fail to see as to why they specify that he is a BMW driver as it has no relation as to what has happened. Doesn't matter if you drive an Audi, BMW or a Merc, there is no relation so why bring a car brand into this story?

  • zs5zk - 2012-09-09 16:05

    Punish the Perpetrator, No Man shall assault a Female, White, Black, Green, Brown of whatever color or creed. Period.!!!!