'He drove over me twice' – worker attacked allegedly by Mark Scott-Crossley

2016-12-22 17:09
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Limpopo – A general worker has described how a man, allegedly Mark Scott-Crossley, suddenly grabbed and smashed his cellphone and then repeatedly drove over him in an apparent racist attack.

“I am fighting for my life at the moment,” Silence Mabunda, 37, general worker at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, told News24 on Thursday from his hospital bed in Nelspruit.

“He switched on his headlights which blinded me a bit. I tried to jump out of the way, but he was coming on too fast and knocked me over," he said, describing what happened.

“He drove over me and then reversed. He drove over me twice and then just drove away.”

Scott-Crossley made international headlines in 2004 when he was tried and convicted for the murder of a worker he threw into a lion enclosure.

He was released on parole in 2008.

The attack on Mabunda happened in Hoedspruit last Wednesday evening.

In a phone interview from Rob Ferreira Public Hospital in Nelspruit, Mabunda said that he bought airtime at a shop when a man approached him.  

“As I was leaving the shop my phone started to ring. Answering my phone, a white guy smashed it to the ground. The cover and screen broke,” Mabunda said.

There were other men present who apparently identified the man as Scott-Crossley, by using his first name and part of his surname.

“Two other white guys tried to stop him and asked ‘Mark Scott why did you do it?’ Mark said: ‘Because I don’t like black people.’

“I also asked him why he did it and he said: ‘Don’t speak to me like that, ek sal jou bliksem (I will hit you).’”

Mabunda said that as he was heading back to work shortly after the incident outside the shop, the same man in a car neared him.

“Around 7pm, a car was driving slowly next to me. I quickly realised that the guy in the car is the one who broke my phone,” he said.

The driver turned the car around and it headed straight towards Mabunda.

After Mabunda was hit, and after the car drove over him, Mabunda asked someone nearby to phone the ambulance.

“At the time I didn’t feel anything,” Mabunda said.

But on Thursday he said: "What I can tell you is that my whole body is paining.”

Limpopo Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo told News 24 that a warrant of arrest for Scott-Crossley was issued on Wednesday.

Police are yet to make an arrest and have urged anyone with information about Scott-Crossley's whereabouts to contact the Hoedspruit police station on 015 779 4063.

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