Guard survives drunken racist attack

Derrick Mtholo (40), of PMB Security, was in the process of responding to an incident in Collins Road when he was confronted by the group of men, who allegedly assaulted him and hurled racially inflammatory statements against him.
The incident has been condemned by residents, security companies and neighbourhood security watch groups in the area.
Mary Ann Jeffrey, owner of PMB Security, said they were on high alert as they had received many reports of a gang involved in house robberies in the Hayfields area. She said Mtholo was part of the team that was patrolling the area as part of a combined, planned operation with all the different security companies and community watch groups. While patrolling Collins Road, Mtholo switched off the vehicle’s headlights in a bid to remain undetected but was taken by surprise by the three men.


Jeffrey said according to their report, the three men – two white and one coloured – who were allegedly highly intoxicated, stopped Mtholo’s vehicle, removed the key from the ignition and threw the keys into a resident’s yard.
“The men then assaulted Mtholo and hurled racially derogatory words at him, including the “K” word and even questioned why a ‘black man was patrolling in Hayfields – a white area.’” Mtholo had his gun strapped to a holster on his chest and managed to pull it out and shoot a warning shot while under attack. This alerted other community safety watch groups who rushed to the scene and then phoned the police. “We were honing in on a gang that has been terrorising the area when we heard two shots fired. We rushed of in the direction of those shots,” said Imraan Osman, director of Walungisa Protection Services. He said that once they arrived at the scene, they witnessed the assault on Mtholo and had to intervene.
“When we intervened and separated the men, the one white guy began charging towards me aggressively calling out racial slurs such as ‘C*****s’ and ‘K*****s’, and saying we are all the same,” said Osman.
Osman said that the man was encouraged by his friends and wife who also engaged in making racist remarks. Police were then called onto the scene and retrieved the keys of the security officer, before arresting the men. Jeffrey strongly condemned the incident, stating it was a disgrace.
“I condemn what has happened in the strongest possible way and I do hope with sincerity that the members of the community agree that this whole incident and the behavior of these residents in the area were appalling and unacceptable. We will attempt to retain the assistance we have been receiving from these companies and neighbours to continue helping curb crime,” said Jeffrey.
Businessman Deon Marillier, who has been instrumental in forming many community Whatsapp groups said the incident was totally shameful.
“Our community has shown a united front against crime and we do not accept such demoralizing incidents. We will stand by the security officer’s side and render our support to him in an attempt to show that we must overcome racism in our city and work towards a united community,” said Marillier. Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed that a case of grievous bodily harm was opened and that one suspect was arrested. He is expected to make an appearance in court soon.
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Byrone Athman

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