'We've kept quiet for too long', says victim of racist attack in Stellenbosch

2017-08-02 19:25
Terence Makapan. (Image sourced from Facebook)

Terence Makapan. (Image sourced from Facebook)

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A man claims he was assaulted and called a "hotnot" while he and three friends were walking to a student bar in Stellenbosch early on Saturday morning, Netwerk24 reported.WATCH

Cape Town - "We’ve kept quiet for too long."

So says Terence Makapan, who was called a "hotnot" in Stellenbosch in the early hours of Saturday morning, Netwerk24 reports.

Makapan, 24, a freelance writer, editor and playwright, said he and a group of friends had decided to go out on Friday night after a hard day’s work. Things turned sour when he was called the name later that evening and attacked with a stone.  

He published a video of the incident on Facebook.

WATCH: Fists fly after alleged race row in Stellenbosch

Makapan said he had been inundated with comments, many from white people apologising for the incident.

"The reaction was very positive. I must have received more than 100 messages from strangers who’ve said: 'Sterkte, and thanks for speaking out, we are here for you'. There are whites who have apologised and wished me well."

'I felt uncomfortable in my own skin'

He and a friend had been working on a new production, when they decided to go out. They met up with two other friends and the four went to the Mystic Boer and Stones, before heading to Springboks.

They were on their way there when someone called him a "hotnot" and threw a stone at his face.

"I was lying on the ground, trying to process it. You hear about things such as this, but you never expect to be a victim yourself. It hit me really hard.

"I've always been proud of being brown, of my language and who I am. For the first time, I felt uncomfortable in my own skin and I hate it. This is why it was important for me to do something about it."

He says some people are criticising him for not just walking away, but had he done that, he says, it would have sent the wrong message to his attackers.

"So many people say I should just have walked away, but that’s what is expected of people of colour – walk away, not say anything and be a better person. I don't mind the bloodied nose, I would still have got up. We have been keeping quiet for too long.

"We have been keeping our traps shut for too long."

Neither Makapan nor his alleged attacker are Stellenbosch University students.  

Police spokesperson Sergeant Leon Fortuin said the case was being investigated. No arrests had been made, he said.

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