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South African presenter 'victim of racist attack'

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Samora Mangesi
Samora Mangesi

A black South African TV and radio presenter has said he was the victim of a racially motivated attack after stopping to help a group of white people whose car had overturned.

He said he and his two female friends were called “monkeys.”

When they asked why they were being insulted, he was beaten unconscious.

During the alleged assault in the city of Johannesburg, Mangesi, who is a presenter for SABC, said he received injuries to his face and was bruised along the side of his body after being kicked on the ground.

"Even whilst I was being put in the ambulance, one of these guys tried to run my friend over with his bakkie [pick-up truck] and the paramedics had to intervene."

In the days following the attack, his memory was "very sporadic", he said.

"As much as they say I was awake, I don't remember being in the ambulance, arriving at neither the hospital nor much of the treatment."

He thought about "letting it go and just continuing with my life", but has now reported the incident to police, he added.

News of the assault has sparked anger on local social media and calls for a police investigation, reports the BBC's Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg.


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