TV and radio presenter Samora Mangesi took to Twitter to share an incident where he says he was called a monkey and beaten until he was unconscious.
The 26-year-old SABC radio and television presenter took to Twitter to share bloody pictures of his face on Wednesday evening, 13 March 2019. In a thread of tweets, he also shared details of the incident that took place on Friday, 8 March 2019.
“On Friday night I was the victim of a racially motivated attack. After stopping to check on a group of young white people whose car had overturned, they called my friends [and] I monkeys. When we engaged them on why we were being called such, they beat me up until I was unconscious,” one tweet read.
Mangesi detailed how, while he was being loaded into the ambulance to be taken to hospital, one of his attackers tried to run over his friend with the bakkie and paramedics had to intervene. In a subsequent tweet, a video depicts what appears to be a verbal fight between Mangesi’s group of friends and the alleged perpetrators, who appear to be white. Both parties go back and forth, hurling insults at each other.
Mangesi says he sustained injuries and that although he had thought of letting go of the incident, he had gone to the police station to open a case against his attackers, whose names he does not know.
“I sustained injuries on my face, cuts inside my mouth and bruising along the left side of my body from when they kicked me on the ground after one of them had hit me on the back of the head. According to EMS I was out for about [five] minutes and only regained consciousness in the [ambulance].
“Over the past couple of days, I have toyed with the idea of letting it go and just continuing with my life but apparently this is not the first time that this has happened to a black man in the West Rand, more especially around Wilropark…So today, I went to the police station armed with only reg. numbers, photos and videos to open a case again my unknown attackers,” his tweets read.