Four arrested for assault at KFC in Pretoria

2017-08-05 11:31
Screen grab from video. (Youtube)

Screen grab from video. (Youtube)

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Cape Town - Police have arrested four suspects for assault and brandishing a gun at a KFC in Pretoria on Wednesday evening.

The assault went viral on social media after a video of the incident was uploaded to the internet.

The disturbing video, which was widely shared starting on Friday morning, shows a number of men assaulting people at what appears to be the drive-thru of a KFC.

A woman can be heard shouting “Are you going to hit me? Are you going to hit me?”

The men, who appear to be white, can be heard shouting “p**s” and “f**k off”.

Later the woman, who appears to be black, can be heard shouting “don’t hit my man”.

The video includes a number of thuds, as if someone is being kicked or punched.

People plead with the men to stop their attack.  


Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela said on Saturday morning that four suspects were arrested on Wednesday and appeared in court on Friday.

It was not immediately clear whether they had received bail or not. 

According to numerous comments on social media, the men were allegedly assaulting a husband and wife at the Montana KFC in Pretoria.

News24 could not independently confirm the names of the attackers or the people being attacked.

Makhubela could not confirm the location on Saturday morning, saying the assault is “alleged to have happened in Sinoville at Montana KFC in Pretoria.”

Social media user Tumi Sole received over 3 500 retweets of the video, and asked the public to report the attackers to the authorities.

In a tweet posted on Friday afternoon, KFC said: “We're shocked at this footage and have been working on finding out more for the last few hours. We've contacted the SAPS to help in any way.”

It also asked the public to contact them if they knew the victims. 

KFC had not yet responded to a request for additional comment on Saturday morning.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula had tweeted on Friday morning that he had notified SAPS to “attend to this with urgency".

"Sinoville Police are looking into it,” he wrote.

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