- Sheldon Cramer, also known as Bobby Greenhash, in a Facebook post tried to explain himself after the video he had recorded started circulating on social media.
- In the clip, Cramer goads the security guard at the door of a Tops liquor store for not letting him in without a mask.
- He later, in a Facebook post, wrote that he agreed the video was "ugly" and that it "should have never become violent".
A man recorded goading and getting into a tussle with a security guard at a Richards Bay liquor store has apologised, saying what transpired was "a result of frustration of this whole Covid lockdown".
Sheldon Cramer, also known as Bobby Greenhash, in a Facebook post tried to explain himself after the video he had recorded outside a Tops started circulating on social media.
In the clip, Cramer goads the security guard at the door, who won't let him in as he is not wearing a mask.
"Guys, you don't have to wear a mask, it's not against the law, it's Level 3, it's bullshit."
He tells the guard to "say hello", pushing his cellphone in the man's face and mocking his accent. The man tries to avoid being recorded, but Cramer continues to taunt him and is pushed away.
He pushes and swears at the man, saying "now I'm going to get my bat".
A fight breaks out between the guard and Cramer's companion, known as "Bones", while Cramer sniggers and laughs, and continues recording.
He continues to taunt the man and shouts that he will be opening a case, as his companion is smacked by the guard.
One employee points out that he must wear a mask because it's the law, but Cramer responds that it isn't.
Bones returns to the security guard and shows that his arm is bleeding, asking "You want some?"
Cramer demands to know the employee's name as the manager comes to the door. The three have words and the clip ends.
Cramer, on Facebook, then posted that he felt the clip "needs explanation".
"OK, so the video going around with us acting like dooses and catching a klap for our troubles is receiving much attention, and I have been taking a beating for it since someone leaked it today.
"In no way did we intend or expect a violent reaction by the guard involved, which resulted in a physical confrontation and tempers flaring. I hold no ill feeling towards the guard or anyone else in this incident, it was a heated confrontation, which, in retrospect both me and the guard were in the wrong," he wrote.
"Sorry about the language, it was out of line, but emotions were running high. I apologise for my part in this, I do not endorse violence, but I won't stand still and take a punch. The incident has been resolved with the parties involved. Peace.
"Not for ONE minute am I making an excuse for our actions, this was intended to be a statement of protest against masks, and the parameters of what a mask is. The courts agree, declaring Level 3 and 4 regs unconstitutional yesterday," he wrote.
"There are those that accuse me of racism, anybody who knows me knows that is so not true. What IS true, is that in retrospect, what we did was wrong. I have no beef with the security guard, and apologies were extended to him the next day."
He wrote that he agreed the video was "ugly" and that it "should have never become violent".
"For my part in this, I sincerely apologise and I am prepared to face the consequence, whatever they may be. Was I stupid, hell yes, but I LOVE my community, they KNOW that without a doubt.
"EVERY day of my life, I see starving people and I am DONE with what the lockdown is doing to us. I am tired of seeing the suffering, all because someone decided that the best way to deal with a virus is lockdown the economy, and I am angry.
News24 reached out to Cramer, but no response has yet been received.
High Court Judge Norman Davis on Tuesday declared lockdown Levels 4 and 3 unconstitutional and invalid.
He ordered that Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma within 14 days formulate changes to the regulations. In the meantime, the current lockdown regulations will apply.
The government will be appealing the judgment, it confirmed on Thursday.