Woman re­lives at­tack out­side KFC out­let

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - NOKUTHULA ZWANE nokuthula.zwane@inl.co.za @Zwane_2li2ls

THE woman at the cen­tre of the KFC at­tack video which showed her be­ing beaten by burly white men said she fears for her life.

Yes­ter­day, Duduet­sang Sono told The Star that her at­tack­ers could come after her fam­ily fol­low­ing re­ports that three of the four men were de­nied bail after it was re­vealed that they had given po­lice fake ad­dresses.

The al­leged at­tack­ers can be heard swear­ing at Sono and her hus­band Ja­cob.

Sono, 33, said they were at KFC in Mon­tana. She said the men had or­dered and were sup­posed to fetch their food at the next win­dow. How­ever, they did not move and when Ja­cob asked them to, they started beat­ing him up, Sono said.

The mo­ment she re­alised he was be­ing at­tacked, she started to record it. That seemed to in­fu­ri­ate the men who, ac­cord­ing to Sono, turned around and at­tacked her. She said the men had a firearm.

In the video, Sono is heard shout­ing: “Are you f***en beat­ing me up?” shortly after that she is shoved to the ground. She is again heard scream­ing: “Are you go­ing to hit me? I am a f***ken woman.”

One of the men in the video can be heard say­ing ‘skiet hom, skiet hom’ (shoot him, shoot him).

“They were swear­ing at us and threat­en­ing to shoot.”

The cou­ple sus­tained bruises and Ja­cob was said to have a rup­tured ear canal.

“He went to an ear, nose and throat spe­cial­ist who said it would heal on its own. We took X-rays and were told that there are no bro­ken bones.”

Their fam­ily was con­cerned be­cause things could have gone re­ally bad, ac­cord­ing to Sono. “We are for­tu­nate that we are still okay,” said the mother-of-two.

Sono told The Star that she was un­sure what legal ac­tion had been taken against these men as she had been re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion about their bail ap­pli­ca­tion through me­dia re­ports.

“I need feed­back be­cause I don’t know if these guys are out or not. My car reg­is­tra­tion num­ber is also go­ing around (on so­cial me­dia), so I don’t feel safe. We could be at­tacked. I feel vul­ner­a­ble.”

Min­is­ter of Po­lice Fik­ile Mbalula said on Twit­ter that the KFC at­tack­ers were linked to a num­ber of as­saults in the area.

“They as­sault black peo­ple around the area. We have ar­rested them,” he wrote.

The DA’s Adri­ana Ran­dall con­demned the vi­o­lent in­ci­dent of racial abuse and com­mended the rapid re­sponse of the po­lice.

“In a demo­cratic and con­sti­tu­tional dis­pen­sa­tion, there is no room for racism and no per­son should live in fear of abuse based on the colour of his or her skin.”

The Ahmed Kathrada Foun­da­tion also ex­pressed its “dis­gust”, say­ing there was no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the abuse.

“The racial dy­nam­ics in this in­ci­dent are glar­ing. It is deeply trou­bling that peo­ple have not learnt the les­sons from the Spur in­ci­dent (March 2017).

“There can be no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for their vile racism and ag­gres­sion.

“What is fur­ther dis­tress­ing, is that this group had no qualms about beat­ing up a woman – some­thing re­flec­tive of the pa­tri­ar­chal val­ues that are still en­trenched in so­ci­ety,” said the foun­da­tion’s di­rec­tor Nee­shan Bal­ton.

Po­lice spokesper­son Colonel Kay Makhubele said the men ar­rested were named as M Har­deng, O Miller, RJ Mel and DJ Van Rooyen who are all be­tween 20 and 39 years old.

The four ap­peared in court on Fri­day and one was granted bail.

Makhubele said the SAPS was still search­ing for two sus­pects who have been on the run since the at­tack.

RACIST: One of the six men is seen as­sault­ing a man out­side a KFC in Mon­tana, north of Pre­to­ria.

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