50-year-old white man arrested and to appear at Magistrate court for assaulting, kicking and stomping on 16-year-old boy, Kopano Makweng, in Groblersdal Mall, Limpopo, South Africa KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

50-year-old white man arrested and to appear at Magistrate court for assaulting, kicking and stomping on 16-year-old boy, Kopano Makweng, in Groblersdal Mall, Limpopo, South Africa

White man brandishing a firearm who was captured on video allegedly kicking and stomping on a teenager during an argument over salt seasoning in Groblersdal, Limpopo, was arrested on Thursday. 

Spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo says cases of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and the unlawful pointing of a firearm are being investigated.

"We are looking for the suspect who is from Marble Hall as the investigations are still at a preliminary stage. The victim came to the police station accompanied by her mother this morning, his condition appears not to be serious because there are no visible injuries, the medical report will guide us further in our investigations."

Taking to social media, Theo, shared a video showing the moment the yet-to-be-identified white man is seen kicking the teenager on the chest while he was on the ground. 

When asked what had led to the fight, Theo, replied by saying the white man got angry because of Matenas joke.

The victim was taken to hospital for medical treatment.

“Following the incident, cases of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and pointing of a firearm were opened,” said Mojapelo. “The suspect was arrested today, June 16, at about 10am following an intensive investigation by the local police.”

He will appear before the Groblersdal magistrate's court on Friday facing charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and pointing of a firearm.

A police source from the area told TimesLIVE the incident took place outside a “shop that sells fat cakes at the Game Centre”.

“From what we understand the boy and the man ... became involved in an altercation after the boy knocked over a salt pot in the shop.” The source said EFF members had started arriving and there were fears that protests would flare up.

The victim’s mother, who is not being named to shield the identify of her son, told Newzroom Afrika she did not know the full extent of her 16-year old son’s injuries.

“My son is complaining about chest pains and his whole body is painful,” she told Xoli Mngambi at the broadcaster.

“The reason my son was assaulted was the salt at another shop that sells [hot] chips. They wanted to use the salt but the white man was using it. The man did not want to give them the salt,” she said. The situation quickly turned violent with a firearm being drawn.


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