Cops deny receiving CCTV footage of model’s attack
Time Square Casino confirmed incident
Police have disputed claims of being handed over the CCTV footage of the alleged racist attack of popular model Mirriam Ngomani by Time Square Casino.
This comes after a statement was released by Time Square general manager Brett Hoppe, confirming that the incident happened on their premises.
Ngomani and her fiancé Tobias Zehetleitner were injured in an alleged racist attack by a group of white men on Thursday morning in Menlyn, Pretoria.
Ngomani’s leg was broken, while Zehetleitner suffered injuries in the face following the alleged racial attack in which Ngomani was allegedly called the k-word and a monkey. She was released from hospital on Sunday to recover at home around her family and friends.
Gauteng police spokesperson Capt Mavela Masondo denied they had received CCTV footage from the casino.
“I can confirm that we did not receive any CCTV footage from the casino or any other party. I do not know why they would lie to the media about it,” said Masondo.
He said the investigating officer had also communicated that he had not received the CCTV footage. Masondo said he could not reveal any more information regarding the case, because an investigation was under way. “We are only in the process of obtaining the footage and all will be revealed in due time.” Botsang Moiloa, a family spokesperson, said personnel at the casino told him that Ngomani and Zehetletiner’s alleged attackers were regular patrons and played for a famous rugby club. Zehetletiner said they were initially approached by a white man, who asked why he was “dating a baboon, a monkey”. Time Square confirmed the incident took place at the entrance to the casino and condemned it.